What do we do?
Originating in 2011, the Green Construction Board (GCB) is the sustainability workstream of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC). David Pinder, CEO of Baxi, was appointed Chair in April 2018 and the Board has undergone a review and refresh of its membership and activities since then and which continues. A co-secretariat is provided by BEIS and the Construction Products Association.
The GCB’s priority and main focus is to advice on the regulatory, policy and technical framework required to overcome key barriers to the delivery of a zero carbon and zero waste built environment (both buildings and infrastructure) and to identify the commercial, jobs and export opportunities that such a clean growth, zero carbon, zero waste economy requires.
The main Board meets 4 times a year. Government officials attend from BEIS, MHCLG, Defra, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and Innovate UK. There is industry representation from across the construction industry.
The Board establishes task groups as required, currently these include a Buildings Energy Task Group, a Resources & Waste Task Group and an Infrastructure Working Group.
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. Reducing carbon, waste 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?
Specifically, and especially, the GCB will:
- Have leadership and an expert advisory role to government on policy creation, implementation, regulatory matters and strategy.
- Champion the business opportunities of addressing the challenge of sustainable construction.
- Promote the uptake of innovation addressing the targets in Construction 2025 and the priorities of the Construction Sector Deal.
- Take into account the UN Sustainability Goals through its workstream’s aims.
- Promote the inclusion of sustainability concepts in procurement processes measuring whole life value.
- Promote the uptake of the necessary skills for a skilled workforce delivering sustainable construction.
GCB Document Library
- GCB Buildings Mission Retrofit Recommendations May 2020
- Green Construction Board Members 2020
- Zero Avoidable Waste in Construction – Interpretation Report
- Green Construction Board issues new report on Buildings Energy Mission – Full Report
- GCB Energy Mission Report
- The 2050 Low Carbon Construction Routemap
- Infrastructure Carbon Review
- Circular Economy
- GBC Three Years On Report
- Guidance Document for PAS 2080
- ICR 2YO Conference flier
- Infrastructure Carbon Review Technical Report (Nov 2013)
- Mapping the Real Estate Lifecycle for Effective Carbon Policy Interventions
- Infrastructure Carbon Review
- GCB – Evaluating effectiveness of domestic energy efficiency policy – Policy Dashboard
- Circular Economy (Jan 2017)
- Evaluating effectiveness of domestic energy efficiency policy – Policy Dashboard
- GCB Top Tips
- Sustainable Building Training Guide
- GPA Carbon Penalties & Incentives – Main Report (Mar 2014)