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    the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as required by the Climate Change Act


    the ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 contained within Construction 2025

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Welcome to the Green Construction Board

Climate change and environmental degradation represent real and present threats to economic growth, human societies and the ecological base which sustains them. Tackling climate change and environmental degradation provides significant economic opportunities for the construction sector through both increased exports and better productivity.

The Green Construction Board was established in October 2011 as a consultative forum for government and the UK design, construction, property and infrastructure industry. The Board is the sustainability work stream of the Construction Leadership Council.

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

A number of work themes have been established to consider key issues and deliver a comprehensive programme of activity. Running through the core of all the Green Construction Board activity is that ….


Reducing Carbon, Reduces Cost and Increases Value

2050 Low Carbon Construction Routemap


To inform its approach, the Green Construction Board draws extensively on the 2050 Low Carbon Construction Routemap. As well as providing a visual tool to help stakeholders understand the policies, action and key decision points to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the routemap drew the following conclusions: 

  1. Meeting the (2050) 80% carbon reduction target is challenging, but technically possible
  2. There are strong opportunities to drive carbon reduction and promote ownership of carbon in specific sectors
  3. There are key issues that need to be monitored and addressed across the building sector to enable carbon reduction to be realised
  4. Capital carbon must start to be addressed in tandem with operational carbon
  5. The drive to 80% carbon reduction represents an economic opportunity

In 2015, the Green Construction Board commissioned a progress report on the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment. The report, produced by Arup, demonstrates the progress up to 2012 (latest date for which some figures are available for) in meeting the Construction 2025 ambition of reducing emissions by 50% by 2025.

Sustainable Building Training Guide

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This accessible guide explains the principles of sustainable building in terms that are useful for the development of content for standards, qualifications, apprenticeships and training courses. Its purpose is to help the training sector to embed sustainability within all mainstream learning, including the national curriculum, apprenticeships, degrees and professional qualifications. It is therefore a key reference for anyone involved in construction training.

The guide has been produced by the Green Construction Board and the Construction Leadership Council. It has been endorsed by leading construction businesses and industry federations, training bodies, and professional institutions.  

The publication, use, and uptake of this guide is a key recommendation of the “Each Home Counts” Review. Its adoption and use by the training sector will help us to address the ‘performance gap’ and will ultimately aid the transition to an energy efficient and low carbon built environment.

We would urge you to use the guide and send it on to anyone you think could benefit from seeing the content. The Green Construction Board will be working to support the embedment of these learning outcomes across built environment training and we would welcome your support in doing so.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the guide please get in touch.

Click here to Download the Guide