The Green Construction Board has identified projects it says will demonstrate that reduced embodied carbon can still be achieved alongside cost reduction.
In its One Year On Report released today, the board said they will complete a new low-carbon routemap for the built environment, being led by former chief construction adviser Paul Morrell, by March 2013.
The board, co-chaired by construction minister Michael Fallon and Skanska UK chief executive Mike Putnam, has, to date, completed 84 of 162 actions identified in the Low Carbon Construction Action Plan.
It has set up sector-specific working groups on infrastructure and buildings – and a third group is looking at the valuation process for different market sectors and the potential to stimulate demand.
The board is also developing an interactive tool, initially focused on infrastructure, to illustrate through case studies how it is possible to improve resource efficiency, reduce both embodied and operational carbon while at the same time lowering capital expenditure and running costs.
When he took over the role from former Lend Lease chief executive Dan Labbad, Mr Putnam immediately identified the need to put a greater focus on infrastructure.
Managing director of Ploughcroft Ltd, which replaced Ploughcroft Building Services Ltd after it entered administration, Chris Hopkins has remained as a board member.
Consideration of the emerging Routemap and LCCAP has identified four areas for priority action
- The need for a greater focus on infrastructure;
- The need to properly understand and address the ‘performance gap’ between intended and actual in-use performance of new and existing buildings;
- The need to effectively brigade and marshal knowledge around the treatment of existing buildings;
- The need to properly understand the nature of demand for green construction, property and infrastructure and identify what more might be done to increase it.
However the report suggested a need to focus on skills and the capacity of the market.
It said there is a “lack of robust metrics for green construction”, that knowledge and learning provision is disparate and it can be unclear where to go for advice and that there is a lack of consistency in the quality of new training provision and insufficient people to deliver the required training.