Green Construction Highlighted
The government has highlighted the importance of green construction and smart technology in its Construction 2025 strategy, which outlines plans to boost the economy. The report, which was produced by in collaboration with organisations including the FMB and UCL, sets out a vision of the UK leading ‘the world in low-carbon and green construction exports’ by 2025. It also underlines a target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.
Support for BIM is made clear, with the statement: “Government will mandate BIM for all centrally procured government contracts from 2016. Industry must therefore meet the challenge – only through the implementation of BIM will we be able to deliver more sustainable buildings, more quickly and more efficiently. BIM is also critical to the successful implementation of a wider offsite manufacturing strategy.”
Responding to the report, UK-GBC’s John Alker said: “We welcome publication of the construction strategy, which makes it clear that sustainability can act as a stimulus for growth, provide export opportunities and drive innovation right across the supply chain. The challenge now for government is to ensure that the ambition translates into action, by providing clarity on issues like zero carbon homes, and giving industry confidence in the future of green policy.”