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

Project overview

To help accelerate the transition to a low carbon built environment the aim of the Industry Leaders' group project is to produce a series of briefings on specific carbon-related topics
each providing
(1) an overview of the area and the key issues and challenges
(2) an overview of the current approach adopted by leading players
(3) guidance on what practical measures most organisations are able to do now
(4) a forward look covering important initiatives currently underway and developments anticipated over the next 2-5 years.

Industry steering
The scope and approach has been developed in consultation with the following of experts from the industry each of whom brought, both through their own experience and that of their respective organisations a considerable breadth of knowledge and, importantly, links with other organisations active in carbon in the built environment.

There is a considerable amount of activity underway to address many of the challenges and barriers identified by the IGT report. There are many perspectives and issues associated with the carbon agenda and while organisations recognise the need to act, deciding on the course of action and the first steps can be daunting. Challenges include the breadth of the topic, the large number of active groups, the volume of available guidance, the range of perspectives of different stakeholders and the complexity of the construction sector itself.

Our approach to helping organisations is to produce a series of briefings, each focussing on a particular aspect of the carbon agenda. These will provide an independent overview of a topic area, guiding organisations on the most appropriate course of action.

The briefings will not only provide a useful snapshot of where we are now, but also signpost to significant future developments.

Interested in getting involved?
Contact Owen Jenkins for more information.

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CIRIA and BIS would like to thank all the authors for their efforts in producing these briefings.