The draft carbon reduction strategy for the NHS in England proposes a more stringent carbon target than the one mentioned in your article: zero-carbon hospitals by 2018.

Also, new hospitals are required to meet the high standards of the Building Research Establishment environmental assessment method, which has replaced the NHS environmental assessment tool.

The health technical memorandum Sustainable health and social care buildings will be launched this month and will provide a good basis for developing a sustainability strategy.

Sean Lockie, head of sustainability, Faithful and Gould