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Research to focus on waste and IT

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INDUSTRY leaders have set waste reduction, leaner construction and improved IT as the top three research priorities over the next 15 years.

The National Platform for the Built Environment set out the key areas for study in a strategic research agenda published on Tuesday.

The platform was set up in 2005 to increase business-led research into the built environment and carried consultation with the industry earlier this year.

Industry improvement body Constructing Excellence, which administers the platform, will now prepare bids to tap into £36 million a year in UK and European cash available to fund new studies.

Chief executive Bob White said: 'The strategic research agenda provides a blueprint for the type of industry research which has been lacking to date.' Construction minister Margaret Hodge welcomed the move, although she was detained by parliamentary business.

In a speech delivered by a DTI official, she said: 'Although many of our construction companies are world leaders, and have risen individually to meet competitiveness challenges, the sector has for too long been unable to look collectively at its future, to speak with one voice on research and innovation issues, an essential tool to underpin the sectors agenda for change.'