The Conservative party is planning to toughening its policy on the environmental standards to be reached in new-build and refurbishment work.

The proposals, which emerged from David Cameron’s quality of life review this week, is likely to propose tougher standards for the Building Regulations, although the industry will be given several years to prepare for them.

It was reported this week that John Gummer, the former Tory Cabinet member and chair of the review, said that industry would come to accept the standards.

He said industry leaders would want to have certainty and would prefer to have “a tougher regime with freedom within it”.