The Green Construction Board has called for urgent action to reduce carbon emissions in a new plan for the sector to meet national carbon reduction targets.
The Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment has been launched by former government chief construction adviser Paul Morrell, who led its development.
It sets out what the construction industry must do to achieve its UK government target of an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
The board, a partnership of Government and the industry, found that meeting this target for construction “is technically possible, but very challenging”.
Success would depend on improving the economic viability of technical solutions and addressing market failures, but meeting the target should also be seen as an economic opportunity, particularly in retrofitting domestic buildings.
Business minister Michael Fallon, a co-chair of the board, said the Routemap would help shape the industrial strategy for construction due this summer.
Co-chair Mike Putnam, president and chief executive of Skanska UK, said: “I firmly believe that it is possible to significantly reduce carbon by applying clear leadership and challenging solutions, focussing upon whole life costs of the asset, covering both capital and operational carbon, as well as costs.”