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UK Green Building council launches sustainability search engine 'Pinpoint'

Representatives from leading companies have come together to support a new initiative from the UK Green Building Council that will create an online search engine on sustainability.  

The sustainability search engine, called Pinpoint, will allow users to search, filter and post reviews about sustainability tools, courses, guidance, benchmarks, case studies and more.

Companies that have joined forces to sponsor the project include: EPR Architects, Marks and Spencer, Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems and Wates Group.

The project has been spurred on by the increase of sustainability information now available to people working in the construction and property industry.

Paul King, CEO of the UK Green Building Council, said: “There has been an explosion of sustainability initiatives in the built environment sector in the last few years. While that has to be a good thing, it’s incredibly confusing for professionals working in this space to know where to turn for reliable advice, information, tools and guidance.

Pinpoint is designed not to create reams of new information, but to provide a framework for organising what already exists – getting the user from A to B as easily as possible, and enabling an exchange of views between users on the resources available.”

This project has been developed with the help of a Task Group of industry representatives, which scoped what information was currently available and how best to present it in an easy-to-use format.

Building on the work of this Task Group, which was sponsored by BAM and Morgan Sindall, an Advisory Group of industry representatives is helping to steer Pinpoint towards launch.

“By getting behind this initiative our sponsors are demonstrating their commitment to mainstreaming sustainability across the industry,” added Mr King.  

Rachel Woolliscroft, sustainability director at Wates Group, commented on the project: “Sustainability is at the heart of Wates Group and so we are extremely pleased to be involved in the development of UK-GBC’s online platform. The tool will help navigate people to information quickly and simply to drive the delivery of more sustainable buildings for the industry.”

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