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OIympic sustainability lessons to be shared through new event series

The UK Green Building Council will tonight launch its Sustainability Lessons Learned programme to showcase sustainable construction at the London Olympics.

Speakers from the Olympic Delivery Authority, Atkins and Building Research Establishment will take part in a discussion on the bid to create a sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

London 2012 Sustainability ambassador Jonathon Porritt, said: “Right from the start, I have been enthused by the idea of London 2012 as a ‘Learning Laboratory for Sustainability’ – in the construction phase, during the games themselves, and the heart of ‘the legacy’ story. 

“There’s just so much going on that will both inform and inspire people, and that’s been the focus for our group of sustainability ambassadors.  The UK-GBC’s ‘Lessons Learned’ programme is a brilliant way to stimulate interest across the entire built environment community, and to get this learning journey underway.”

The Olympic learning legacy programme features case studies and reports across ten themes and has so far seen more than 250 papers published between the ODA and its supply chain, in addition to including independent research by industry bodies and academics.

Among the achievements to-date on the construction programme is:

98 per cent of material from Olympic Park demolition work was reclaimed for reuse and recycling

63 per cent (by weight) of construction materials were transported to the Olympic Park by rail or water

Energy efficient design is predicted to reduce the park’s carbon emissions by around 1,630 tonnes of CO2 per annum (compared to 2006 Building Regulations).

UKGBC chief executive Paul King said: “Our Sustainability Lessons Learned events will give industry a unique insight into the design, procurement and building approaches taken during the London 2012 construction project to assess what truly generated sustainable outcomes.

“The aim is that these lessons can then be taken forward by the sector to help deliver complex projects sustainably and at scale.”

Specific venues such as the Velodrome, Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre will be discussed at future events along with key sustainability themes including energy and carbon, materials, biodiversity and green building standards.

Atkins (the UKGBC’s sustainability lessons learned series partners) London 2012 project director Mike McNicholassaid: “As an engineer, the scope, complexity, and the opportunities for new thinking provided by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are incredibly exciting.

“Atkins has worked on the 2012 project for more than 6 years, from site remediation and design in 2005 through to the creation of the wetlands which are coming into their own now. Our work on the temporary venues around the UK will be crucial to enabling what will I’m sure be some of the most spectacular sights from next year’s events.

UK-GBC’s Sustainability Lessons Learned programme runs from January until July 2012.

Meanwhile, CITB-ConstructionSkills and the Chartered Institute of Building have announced they will work together to help the construction industry prepare for – and win work from – the low carbon agenda.

The organisations are taking action together so that CITB-ConstructionSkills’ Cut the Carbon campaign and the CIOB’s Carbon Action 2050 offer the greatest benefits for industry together.

CITB-ConstructionSkills and the CIOB will work together on a number of projects including the promotion of awareness and understanding of the low carbon agenda, and the creation and dissemination of information on actions for businesses to take to prepare for a low carbon future.

CIOB chief executive Chris Blythe:

Without the right qualified people the industry simply won’t meet the demands of the carbon agenda. It is vital we equip today and tomorrow’s workforce with the knowledge they need, and find ways of sharing what they learn with others.

Our partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills will provide advice and guidance alongside practical solutions, which can make a real difference for industry. Collaboration is the only way to go in the drive for a more sustainable built environment.”

CITB-ConstructionSkills chief executive Mark Farrar:

With the launch of the Green Deal now less than one year away, the time to prepare for the future is now. A truly collaborative effort across industry is crucial to success in the drive for a low carbon future. CITB-ConstructionSkills and the CIOB are leading the way, working together to help businesses get the right low carbon knowledge and skills in place.

We fully endorse the Carbon Action 2050 campaign, and we are excited about the impact that our new collaborative action plan offers for industry.

 

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