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‘Design life’ is commonly referred to in design and build contracts. However, ‘design life’ is not usually defined in the contract, nor is there a commonly accepted definition of the term. Employers want the contractor to guarantee that the building’s design enables the building to last for a specified period with minimal or no repairs.
On 27 June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. This requires the UK to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. Climate change has become a concern that can no longer be ignored so the UK’s implementation of international climate obligations is positive.