As a minister in Business, Innovation and Skills, Mark Prisk’s portfolio not only includes a remit as construction minister, but responsibility for the transition
to a low-carbon economy.
With a background in property and construction, he is well regarded by the industry and seen as taking the lowcarbon construction agenda seriously. The IGT report on low-carbon construction may have been commissioned by ministers of the previous government, but Mr Prisk met the team within two weeks of his appointment and spoke at its launch at the end of last month to emphasise its vital importance.
His response to the report’s various recommendations, not expected until the spring, will be crucial. Significantly, Mr Prisk is also responsible for skills development.
When it comes to construction, and lowcarbon construction in particular, the minister is taking a longterm view, repeatedly stress ing that firms who take action
now will reap rewards later with their expertise increasingly being sought all over the world.