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“Comment CIRIA’s early recognition that sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) could make a significant contribution to surface water management and the wider built environment has placed us at the forefront of work in this area. Long before the Pitt Review of 2007, CIRIA was providing the construction industry with SuDS guidance and training. In this issue of Evolution (pages 2-8) we celebrate the evolving nature of SuDS and provide an update on the forthcoming SuDS manual (C753) as well as the Benefits of SuDS Tool (BeST) – both of which will help define, plan, construct, monitor, manage and maintain SuDS schemes going forward. Hot on the heels of SuDS we launched the Big Biodiversity Challenge in 2013 to encourage organisations to ‘Do One Thing’ to improve biodiversity on their construction project. Since the launch, over 60 organisations have signed up for the Challenge and this year we are delighted to welcome new partners ABG Ltd, Costain, VolkerWessels and Sir Robert McApline, highlighting their commitment to biodiversity and the environment. You can find out more about this on pages 14-15. Continuing with the theme of sustainability (pages 18-21) Professor Jacqui Glass of Loughborough University discusses another new CIRIA project addressing the role of responsible sourcing in the construction industry and provides an update on work in progress and related research activity. Our forthcoming environmental ‘fit-out’ publication provides new guidance to the sector as well as a platform to share good practice. The guide encourages co-operation and cohesion throughout the project supply chain with the added benefit of helping raise opportunities to improve performance. In a well-attended CIRIA event held in London on 27 April 2015 a number of leading figures from the construction industry debated topics such as BIM,digital engineering, procurement, sustainability and low carbon and research and innovation in the industry. Find out more about what we had to say about the impact of HM Government Industry Strategy Construction 2025, on pages 16-17. Whilst the construction industry has seen much progress in recent years particularly in the areas of smarter manufacturing and business operation there is still a long way to go if we are to meet the Construction 2025 goals. Collaboration is a key enabler to both the improvement and innovation the industry seeks. I hope that you can get involved in CIRIA’s work and details of projects seeking industry engagement can be found throughout this issue of Evolution or by visiting www.ciria.org We look forward to working with you to develop and deliver industry improvement and a better built environment for all. Bill Healy Chief Executive “


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