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Government failing sustainable construction sector

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altInconsistent central and local government policies, low investment and lack of support have been blamed for holding back development of the sustainable construction sector.

Research on green entrepreneurs by the University of Hull has found that the UK's sustainable construction sector is in danger of missing out on opportunities facing the larger building sector.

While output in Britain’s mainstream construction sector continues to fall, green builders are bucking the trend as homeowners take action to reduce the costs of heating their homes, creating a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs and faster growth in the sector.


CIP updates Environmental Manual

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altConstruction Industry Publications has updated its Environmental Manual.

This includes an expanded and updated glossary and a new and improved set of Toolbox Talks. The new set of Environmental Toolbox Talks has been revised and updated by a working party comprising of CECA and UKCG members and CIP and CIRIA representatives. They build on the success of the previous set, providing concise guidance and best practice on Environmental Risks for those working on construction sites.

It includes updates on the changes that came into force on 28th September 2011 to the written information that must accompany a transfer of waste. The Producer/ Holder/ Consignee must now sign a declaration confirming they have fulfilled their duty to apply the waste hierarchy. For non-hazardous waste there is also now a requirement to give their SIC Code.  In the case of hazardous waste there is now only one type of Consignment Note used for both single and multiple collections.


Policy inconsistency hindering SME green construction sector

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altSmall businesses in the UK’s sustainable construction sector are lacking vital support to enable the transition to greener building practices, according to a new survey of green entrepreneurs by the University of Hull.
The survey of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the green construction sector found they were being hampered by inconsistent policies and lack of access to funding. Poor planning rules and a shortage of skilled labour in sustainable building practices were also cited as hindrances.

All new buildings will have to be zero carbon by the end of the decade and to help meet the UK’s target to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent on 1990 levels by 2050, a mass retrofit of the UK’s existing housing stock is urgently required. Estimated to be worth £500 billion, this represents one of the biggest opportunities for jobs and growth in the UK.


Hanson Structherm awarded top environmental accreditation

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altHanson Structherm has been awarded the international environmental standard ISO 14001.

Certification followed auditing by CPC (Construction Products Certification) and confirms that the company’s environmental management system meets the requirements of the standard. This includes maintaining and improving the system and on-going environmental performance as well as ensuring compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

The company has been providing innovative building solutions to the construction industry for almost 30 years including external wall insulation and the Fastbrick insulated brick slip cladding system.


Ecobuild 2013 conference programme unveiled

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altOrganisers of Ecobuild, the world’s largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment, announces today the line-up for its highly acclaimed conference programme returning to London’s ExCeL from March 5-7, 2013.

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Lord de Mauley; Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Resource Management, the Local Environment and Environmental Science and Rhian Kelly, Director for Business Environment at the CBI are amongst a plethora of top industry names signed up for 2013. Ecobuild also has commitment from The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to provide ministerial speakers to be announced soon.