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Construction forum to help deliver low carbon measures

Senior construction industry figures are stepping up plans to address recommendations made to government on low carbon construction.

The Strategic Forum for Construction met to discuss their response to the recommendations made by the innovation and growth team, led by chief construction adviser Paul Morrell, last December.

In the report, Low Carbon Construction, Mr Morrell’s team made a series of 65 recommendations to government which they are expected to respond to later this year.

The strategic forum has now reached an agreement which will see the industry’s clients, professionals, contractors, specialists, product manufacturers and unions coming together to support the government in the delivery of the recommendations.

Forum chairman Professor Peter Woolliscroft said: “The work of the forum has always been important however as the body that embraces all parts of the sector we are ideally positioned to take a significant role in helping government turn the report into action.”

Individual organisations represented on the forum will take ownership of particular recommendations or groups of recommendations that require the industry to lead on their delivery, working with other members and the wider industry to ensure they are effectively taken forward.

Chief construction adviser Paul Morrell said he was pleased to see the strategic forum rising to the challenge set down in the IGT’s recommendations.

He said: “Central to the IGT’s recommendations is the theme of leadership; leadership from government in creating and maintaining the right business environment, but also from the industry on those actions where it is best placed to lead – for instance on advocacy, on taking forward modern methods of working and on developing innovative products and services that offer energy efficient solutions to customers.”

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