The UK government yesterday called for input into its plans for a Green Construction Board (GCB), which will deliver its plans for a low-carbon built environment.
The GCB was launched last November by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as a forum for the government and the design, construction and property industry to work together on long term sustainability.
Business Minister Mark Prisk, who is co-chair of the GCB, said the call was a chance for the construction industry to share its low-carbon research and development experience to create a ‘knowledge database’.
This ‘knowledge database’ will be used by the GCB to support its key actions points as part of the Low Carbon Construction Action Plan.
“The aim of our call for evidence is to seek industry intelligence that will help guide us in delivering a low carbon industry of the future,” Prisk commented in a speech at Ecobuild in London yesterday.
“The purpose of the GCB has always been to create a platform for government and industry to work side by side to help the built environment prepare for the transition to a low carbon economy, while harnessing the business opportunities that support growth along the way,” he added. “What better way to find out what works best for the industry, in relation to technology and performance, than to seek evidence from businesses themselves.”
The GCB will create a low-carbon ‘routemap’ to illustrate the required carbon emissions from the industry and the measures that can deliver them up to 2050.
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23 March 2012