Green Construction Board Work Stream

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.

Latest content

Buildings Mission 2030 Report

Green Construction Board issues new report on Buildings Energy Mission


11 August 2020

CLC Statement on Net Zero Carbon and the Climate Emergency

CLC is working together with government to bring improved focus to reduce carbon emissions and improve resource efficiency across the entire built environment sector.
27 February 2020

Zero Avoidable Waste Report published by the Green Construction Board

What do we mean by it and how best to interpret it. A recommendation from the Green Construction Board.

GCB Launches new Zero Avoidable Waste in Construction Interpretation Report

The Green Construction Board’s Resources & Waste Taskgroup are launching their Zero Avoidable Waste in Construction Interpretation Report this evening at an event hosted by

14 August 2019

Green Construction Board responds to renewed environmental interest

David Pinder blogs about accelerating the delivery of green buildings and infrastructure
2 July 2019

Leading Industry Body Issues Response to ‘Buildings Mission 2030’

Recommendations and supporting evidence for how Government can deliver its 2030 Buildings Mission