Research by the Mineral Products Association has highlighted the ever-increasing scale and cost of this burden on the industry.
The MPA is lobbying the government ahead of the Chancellor's budget in March and Nigel Jackson, the organisation's Chief Executive MPA, said it remains extremely concerned at the cumulative cost burden on the sector arising from environmental and planning measures and the potential for these costs to increase even further in future years.
There remains a continuing problem that each new measure, which imposes new costs, is evaluated and introduced without consideration being given to the cumulative impact of such legislation and regulation.
Jackson went on to say 2014 needs to be the year when the penny drops within Government that regulatory costs need to be reasonable and proportionate so that industry can invest with confidence.
According to the MPA's latest assessment, total sector costs of identified measures are £400 million a year now and are likely to rise to £665 million from 2020.
Meanwhile climate change and energy measures are currently equivalent to 17% of the Gross Value Added of the Cement industry, but this proportion could increase to 77% from 2020.
Producers of cement and ready mixed concrete will welcome the results of the latest Construction Products Association's State of Trade Survey.
The results indicate that sales of construction products rose in Q4, driven by wider UK economic growth and key private construction sectors, together with strength in export markets.
Product manufacturers are also anticipating further growth in sales, both domestically and abroad, over the next year.
Dr Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, said that in previous surveys, private housing was the key driver of domestic demand.
However, the fourth quarter has seen construction growth spread to other key sectors such as private commercial, the largest construction sector, and infrastructure.
Demand for exports picked up in the second half of 2013 and manufacturers anticipate exports rising further in 2014, primarily due to wider economic recovery in key export markets combined with the relatively low value of sterling.
As a consequence, a rise in product sales during Q4 occurred for the majority of manufacturers, across both heavy and light side products.
Despite the positive figures, Noble was concerned manufacturers reported margins continue to be severely hindered by cost rises, especially in energy, labour and transport fuel.
The figures will be welcome news for all sectors of the construction industry.
However, the Halifax said prices actually fell slightly in December, taking the average price of a property to £173,467.
Looking ahead, it prices in 2014 would continue to rise at a similar pace to last year.
Martin Ellis, the Halifax's chief economist, is reported as saying the UK's economic recovery was likely to boost confidence in the market further.
This will increase the likelihood that more people will consider buying a property in 2014, therefore supporting housing demand.
The increase in house prices in 2013 was more than three times the rate of CPI inflation, which rose by 2.1% between November 2012 and November 2013.
The Halifax has also reported that the number of housing transactions last year is likely to have exceeded one million for the first time since 2007.
Meanwhile the Bank of England has said the supply of mortgages became more available in the last quarter of 2013, particularly to those borrowing a high percentage of their home's value.
In a recent speech, party leader Ed Miliband criticised local authorities that block development plans by neighbouring councils.
The current planning system has been seen by many trade bodies as a major obstacle to housebuilding.
Developers who also sit on land with approval for houses but fail to start building would also face action.
If it wins the next election, the party plans to oversee the construction of 200,000 homes a year in England by 2020.
A Labour government would back homebuilders, Miliband said, but its will tell land hoarders with sites that have planning permission that they must use it or lose it.
However, the government said Labour had failed to build anywhere near enough homes during its 13 years in power and rates of house building were now at their highest for seven years.
Housing minister Kris Hopkins is reported as saying that top-down regional strategies and eco-towns failed hard-working families who aspired to own their own home, and built nothing but resentment.
We are constantly seeking ways to help our customers build more sustainable structures and, in doing so, reduce their-and our-environmental impacts. While concrete's properties make it a good choice for building more energy-efficient structures that need little or no maintenance over their useful lives, we work through our Global Center for Technology and Innovation to develop new and innovative products that contribute to more sustainable built environments and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process.
We recently launched our Rizal Green cement, an all-purpose masonry cement that can be used for both masonry works and semi-structural projects such as driveways, fences, and ground-floor slabs for residential construction. The result of more than two years of laboratory and market research, Rizal Green has a patented formulation that reduces CO2 emissions by up to 32% when used as a substitute for ordinary Portland cement in masonry works.
Statistics collected in the UK show that while the average age of motorcyclists has increased, their safety track record has improved only marginally in recent years. Rather than the pursuit of young tearaways, motorcycling is conducted by mature individuals who are also quite likely to own a car. While statistically they like to live dangerously once in a while, the research suggests they would prefer to get from A to B in one piece and remarkably few claim to be reckless speed addicts.
In fact, human error remains the main cause of death and injury but poor road design and surface condition can be contributory factors. Motorcycling associations have shown widespread concern about these issues and highways authorities across Europe have come under attack from the Federation of European Motorcycling Associations (FEMA). FEMA has even accused engineers and maintenance staff of being unaware of the hazards presented to riders.
In the European Agenda for Motorcycle Safety, FEMA highlights several problem areas which it feels require more attention. These include lack of friction of some asphalt types when wet, poor drainage which increases the risk of aquaplaning and bad kerb design. Bituminous asphalt sealers, potholes and the rutting caused by heavy lorries are also singled out for criticism. The biggest problems are, as might be expected, with older highways.
Specialists within the CEMEX UK technical team are well aware of these issues and point out that good design and construction practice ensures highways are safer for all users, not just motorcyclists.
Roads are created by building up layers of different types of coated stone. Basic construction comprises sub base, base, binder course and the surface or wearing course. The base courses have larger diameter aggregate to help withstanding the heavy loads and to ensure the underlying ground is not subjected to stresses from the traffic. Modern surface course formulations, such as stone mastic asphalt (SMA), are able to resist the rutting often seen - and felt - on the inside carriageway of major roads. The final surface layer can be comparatively thin and formed using sizes and types of aggregate that provide very good grip, even in wet weather, which is imperative for the motorcyclist.
When correctly applied, these thin surfacings - including Viatex and Viapave from CEMEXs Via range - are also resistant to wear, which means fewer cracks or potholes develop and less remedial work is needed between re-surfacing. Historically, it is the remedial overbanding with bitumen used in crack repairs and repairs to joints between running lanes that creates small, smooth or slick areas. These areas can catch out the unwary motorcyclist, especially in the wet. Under some conditions these patches are just as hazardous as the unfilled cracks as this may undermine the motorcycle and its rider.