The Green Construction Board met for the first time this week.
The board, which includes industry leaders, will establish working groups on policy areas such as infrastructure, skills and zero carbon buildings which will feed into the group’s next meeting in January.
Co-chair Dan Labbad said it was important the industry took the lead in encouraging change.
“When you look around the table there is a well-balanced representation of industry and part of our roles as advocates is to keep the rest of the industry informed,” he told Construction News.
“We need to look at the green agenda as a proxy for innovation and we want to demonstrate to clients that we can build ‘green’ and export that to the rest of the world.”
Fellow co-chair construction minister Mark Prisk told CN that while the GCB would not have executive decision-making powers, it would inform government departments on green policy areas.
He said: “The key over the next eight to 12 weeks is to get the agenda right; when you go back to the work of the Innovation and Growth Team Low Carbon Construction report, we want to make decisions which will affect the industry for the next 30 or 40 years.
“The key thing is to create a culture whereby we are helping UK plc to maintain a position of leadership, as there are others watching what we are doing and catching up.”