The role of construction in achieving a low-carbon built environment
An Industry Leaders' Group Guide

Project Authors

Many thanks to those who have contributed to this project

Angus McIntosh

Economic and sustainable property consultant, Real Estate Forecasting Ltd, Oxford Brookes University

Prof. Angus McIntosh is a Chartered Surveyor and an Economist & specialises in the international property market and sustainability agenda and has worked for several international property consultants, as well as for the public sector and a private sector investment house.

In 2010 he produced the “Built Environment Foresight 2030” report with the RICS Foundation and The Futures Academy – visions of a future global property market. Between 2004 & 2011 he annually wrote “European Property Sustainability Matters” for King Sturge and in 2011 co-authored “Whole-Life Carbon Footprint Measurement & Offices” for the British Council for Offices.
Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson is a Principal Consultant at PE INTERNATIONAL with management responsibility for various sustainability projects, particularly for the construction sectors.

She has more than twelve years experience in LCA (life cycle assessment), carbon footprinting and advising on embodied impacts of buildings. She is currently based in PE INTERNATIONAL’s London office, although spent 9 years working in the construction industry before studying for a Masters in Environmental Architecture, graduating with distinction.

She was the lead author of BRE’s Green Guides to Specification and co-authored BRE’s original Environmental Profiles Methodology for cycle assessment of construction products and subsequently led the update of this methodology published in 2008. She is a UK Expert on CEN TC350 WG3 developing harmonised European Standards for EPDs for construction products and has significant experience of combining LCA and LCC and building level assessment tools in the development of Envest2 software which supports her considerable consultancy experience related to life cycle assessment for construction on projects like BedZED, BAA (Heathrow T5) and Greenwich Millennium Village on materials selection and building level assessment using LCA data. She joined the Centre for Sustainable Construction at BRE in 1998, leaving to join PE INTERNATIONAL in 2010.

John Davies

John Davies leads the Davis Langdon Sustainability Team which forms part of the AECOM Program, Cost and Consultancy business line. 

John plays a leading role in developing and delivering a range of sustainability services within the firm, and forming relationships across the client base.John is a highly experienced sustainability management professional, with a broad technical knowledge base, and experience of numerous major, high profile public infrastructure/facility projects, with a particular focus on sustainability strategy and process development. He is recognised as an expert in several sectors in particular retail and commercial property where he has developed and led the creation of many industry leading tools and initiatives with clients such as M&S, British Land plc and IKEA.

Prior to joining Davis Langdon John worked in the client domain as a sustainability advisor in range of major projects and organisations most notably at BAA where he lead the sustainability agenda within the £10bn Capital Projects function as the Capital Projects Sustainability Manager.

Danna Walker

Danna Walker BA (Hons) Dip Arch

Project Coordinator for Skills and Lifelong Learning at the Construction Industry Council. Danna Walker joined the Construction Industry Council in 2008 as a Project Manager focussing on outreach to careers and Information Advice and Guidance to young people. Since promotion in 2010 Danna has led a variety of projects designed to address the challenges of improving diversity, recruitment, low carbon, education, leadership and productivity.

Before joining CIC, Danna gained over 20 years of experience in construction and built environment, as an electrical apprentice, electrician and architect. Danna currently chairs The Royal Institute of British Architects, Equality and Diversity Forum Architects for Change. 

Patrick Bowen

Patrick Bowen is Future Skills Manager at ConstructionSkills and spent 20 years working in construction. After a further 6 years at university he joined CITB - ConstructionSkills in 1992.

He has been a member of a number of Government ’expert’ missions in relation to construction innovation and training and also ConstructionSkills representative the 2006 Prime Minister’s England/Sweden Sustainable Construction Project.

A critical aspect of his current role is the analysis of the impact of the ’transition to a low carbon economy’ and the likely implications the way in which it will act upon the skill needs of the construction supply chain.
Aled Williams

Discipline Lead (Built Environment), Higher Education Academy Senior Lecturer, University of Salford, School of the Built Environment Deputy Director, UK Centre for Education in the Built Environment (CEBE)

Aled has contributed to the development of Built Environment education with enthusiasm and effectiveness, at multiple levels. Activities range from the ‘chalk face’ of student learning, through faculty and institutional initiatives to regional, national and international projects. Aled has a track record of successfully leading on industry-HE projects with funding bodies including: HEFCE; HEA; JISC, Construction Skills and EU.  This combination of backgrounds underpins his practice as a teacher which has always been to expose students to authentic learning environments where learners apply their knowledge to practical problems informed by industry engagement.  He is vice-chair on ConstructionSkills ‘Standards and Qualifications Strategic Committee’.

Miles Watkins

Aggregate Industries quarries, manufactures and supplies a wide range of heavy building materials to the construction industry.

As a supplier and manufacturer of concrete and aggregate products they have been working for more than a decade to create sustainable solutions for all our core markets.

Miles Watkins graduated from University of Hertfordshire in 1996 with a degree in Environmental Studies and has since completed a PhD in stakeholder management at the University of Bath.

At Aggregate Industries, Miles has held leading positions in sustainability management and has overall responsibility for sustainability in his role as Director of Sustainable Construction. He also sits on the CSR sub-committee of the board.

Miles takes a proactive role in the industry and has led sector wide developments through trade bodies such as the Mineral Products Association and the British Pre-Cast Concrete Federation. Miles chairs the Education Committee of the Institute of Quarrying and is an advisory board member and active participant in the various programmes of the UK Green Building Council.
Shamir Ghumra

Shamir graduated from Loughborough University (UK) in 2003 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and is currently undertaking an Engineering Doctorate at Loughborough University on the Sustainability Assessment of Ready-mixed Concrete (due for completion mid 2012); the outputs of which have been published in international conferences and leading UK journals.

At Aggregate Industries, Shamir has held a number of operational and commercial roles within Aggregate Industries and is currently Head of Sustainability. He takes an active role in the industry and is a member of various committees within the Mineral Products Association, the British Pre-Cast Concrete Federation, the UKGBC and the Construction Products Association.

Shamir is a qualified assessor for Ceequal, BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes, the leading assessment schemes used in UK construction. Shamir was also a committee member for the recently launched BS 8905 standard for the sustainable use of materials. Shamir has a keen interest in Life Cycle Assessment and believes that the digital era of product footprinting and information will help to deliver a more sustainable built environment.

Andy Ford

Andy Ford has worked on innovative building projects throughout his career, delivering agenda-setting energy efficiency and user comfort with simple, practical building services solutions. The projects he and his company have worked on have won numerous awards.

His pioneering work on low and zero carbon solutions extends from single buildings up to city level development.

Andy is a technical director at Mott MacDonald and served as president of the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers in 2011-12. For many years he has worked to show how the industry can respond to the urgent challenge of climate change. He chaired the UK Green Building Council technical and policy committees between 2007 and 2010. He is frequently invited into government advisory and judging panels. Andy regularly speaks on sustainable futures around the world and the need to integrate a wide range of engineering skills to deliver this.

Andy is a visiting professor at the University of Bath and London South Bank University. In 2012 he received an honorary doctorate from Herriot Watt University, recognising his contribution to advancing thinking and practice in the field of building engineering.

Dan Philips


Director, Buro Happold

Dan is group director of sustainability at Buro Happold. He trained as a mechanical engineer at Imperial College, is a fellow of the royal society of arts and has a master’s in interdisciplinary design for the built environment from Cambridge University.

Mark Dowson

Mark Dowson is a research engineer working in Buro Happold’s Sustainability and Physics team. The aim of Mark’s research is to design, develop and test new cost effective retrofit technologies to reduce the demand for heating and artificial in existing housing stock in the UK. This focus has lead Mark to develop novel insulation solutions utilising high performance ‘aerogel’ insulation.

A key project Mark has been involved in is the whole house refurbishment of a 1960s end terrace house in London, as part of the UK governments “Retrofit for the Future” competition. This single family dwelling has been refurbished following Passivhaus principles to achieve an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions. A novel feature of this retrofit is a novel ‘aerogel solar collector’ incorporated into the external insulation on the outside of the properties south facing wall. This 6 meter wide prototype, pre-heats the fresh air supply in the dwellings mechanical ventilation system.

More widely, Mark has a keen interest in product design, passive design, innovative building fabrics, energy modelling of solar technologies, Passivhaus and the UK refurbishment market. Prior to his work at Buro Happold, Mark graduated from Brunel University with a 1st class BSc in Industrial Design. He also has worked as a product designer for Marks and Spencer developing ‘boys toys’ including Top Gear Car Football and Ice Cube Curling. A total of 75,000 of these units were released across M&S stores during autumn/winter 2007-2008.
Professor Timothy William Broyd

Professor Broyd FREng FICE FRSA PhD BSc (Hons)

Professor Broyd has worked at the interface between industry practice and academic thinking for many years. His experience includes five years as Chief Executive of CIRIA and a number of years as Corporate Research and Innovation Director of Atkins, before taking on his current role of Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability at Halcrow. He is the Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), founding Chair of the ICE’s Policy Panel, and is actively involved in national innovation forums related to both construction and infrastructure.

His invited appointments include Chair and membership of a number of multimillion pound research programme advisory boards on the subjects of infrastructure and sustainability, membership of the Engineering and Interdependency Expert Group of Infrastructure UK and Chair of the most recent Government Foresight study on the construction sector.

Kate Young

Kate Young CEng MEng (Hons) MIMechE

Kate is Halcrow’s Technology Manager, with a remit to develop and maintain technology leadership across the company and work with universities and research funders to progress innovation.

She has a background in risk and asset management in both the defence and construction industries and has worked with a number of large EPSRC sponsored research consortiums. She is undertaking a DPhil at the University of Oxford as part of the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium and has recently been strongly involved in the work of the Infrastructure UK Engineering and Interdependency Expert Group on systematic risks and opportunities.

Steve Faulkner

Steve is currently Innovation Manager for Halcrow Group Limited, A CH2M HILL COMPANY assisting the Group Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability in conceiving and deploying strategy, policy and applied research to deliver business advantage for Halcrow's extensive client base. His experience includes 12 years consultancy and research into: asset management and life cycle cost modelling; risk assessment and management; performance improvement; cost benefit analysis; capital maintenance business planning; capital expenditure and operational expenditure; net asset value and depreciation; deterioration modelling; condition survey data capture; bespoke software development and commercial off-the-shelf upgrades; renewable energy feasibility; and sustainable infrastructure management. Asset groupings managed or advised on include rail; airports; roads; bridges; tunnels; breakwaters; water and sewage infrastructure; oil terminals; beaches; gas turbines and wind turbines.

Steve is a Chartered Engineer with the Royal Aeronautical Society and also a British Quality Foundation Business Excellence Model award assessor.Prior to Halcrow, he accrued 8 year's experience with Rolls-Royce plc applying his metallurgy and materials science background to numerous technical projects from graduate engineer through to specialisation in design, systems integration, and particularly best practice life cycle costing techniques to quantify and manage financial risk in gas turbine total care package contracts.' 

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