Green Construction Board Work Stream

What do we do?

The Green Construction Board (GCB) is the sustainability workstream of the Construction Leadership Council.  The role of the GCB is to provide leadership and action to enable the whole value chain (designers, clients, contractors, product manufacturers and suppliers) to become more environmentally sustainable, more productive and better placed to exploit the growing global market.

Why is this important?

Energy from fossil fuels consumed in the construction and operation of buildings accounts for approximately half of the UK’s emissions of carbon dioxide.   Construction is also a large user of water and a producer of waste.  Reducing carbon and other impacts from the Built Environment is an important strand of the GCB’s work.  Tackling climate change and environmental degradation provides significant economic opportunities for the construction sector through both increased exports and better productivity.

How will we achieve this?

The GCB  aims to support businesses to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. A detailed delivery plan has been developed to achieve this focussing on two key themes:

  • Championing, leading and supporting action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from infrastructure, domestic (housing) and non-domestic built environment sectors
  • Supporting the construction sector to move towards a circular economy business model to improve resource efficiency and productivity.


Latest content

The Green Construction Board

Find out more about the work of the Green Construction Board

The 2050 Low Carbon Construction Routemap

To inform its approach, the Green Construction Board draws extensively on the 2050 Low Carbon Construction Routemap

Infrastructure Carbon Review

Reducing Carbon Reduces Cost

Circular Economy

Knowledge resource for circular economy thinking in construction

GBC Three Years On Report

The report highlights some of the Board’s key successes and looks forward to future activity


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7 April 2017

The art of the deal

It’s time for construction to engage with the UK’s industrial strategy and make key investment deals with clients and government.
Sustainable Building Guide - revised cover 2 May 2017
29 March 2017

Sustainable Building Training Guide

The Green Construction Board has released a new guide explaining the principles of sustainable building to support the training sector to embed sustainability within all mainstream learning.
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28 November 2016

What should Construction be famous for?

CLC launched its focus themes at a Leaders’ Briefing last week. Head of Strategy and Communication, Simon Rawlinson explains the challenge.
James O'Jenkins
17 October 2016

Comment from Andrew Wolstenholme

Today sees the publication of published Mark Farmer’s independent review of the sector’s labour model
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17 October 2016

Farmer review of construction sector labour model

Call to arms for industry modernisation