YOUR ACTION PLAN
The CIOB and its members have developed this action plan to reduce carbon emissions in the built environment, by making an immediate difference on the ground now.
If designers are to continue to have relevance to our industry, there requires an open understanding that designs which cut carbon emissions and increase energy and resource efficiency will become an utmost priority.
Although construction processes represent a minor portion of the whole-life cycle of a building's carbon emissions, they are still responsible for the production of staggering quantities of carbon and command radical action to reduce them.
OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE
The variables involved with operating and maintaining buildings are vast, including everyday use, designated uses of different space, the complexity of plant and equipment installed and, of course, the behaviour of the end user.
REFURB & RETROFIT
Retrofitting and re-using buildings is paramount to reducing carbon in the built environment. It maximises the use of an asset’s embodied carbon, while rendering it as energy-efficient as possible.
On the surface, construction waste and carbon may seem unconnected. But whatever we manufacture and ultimately dispose of is part of a wider scenario involving embodied energy and carbon. So it is fundamentally important that we continue to effectively manage and reduce construction waste.
Data collection is the central plank to leadership; what you cannot measure you cannot manage, and what you cannot manage you cannot change. We need to embed changed behaviours, using common metrics to evidence leadership and improvement.
SKILLS & EDUCATION
Our own research indicates that there are knowledge gaps at student level of low carbon construction methods. Educating both the current and future workforce will be vital to meeting carbon targets and creating jobs.
CIOB CARBON ACTION PLAN
The CIOB is dedicated to reducing carbon emissions from its business operations and to ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything we do. To this end, we have created a set of our own actions that we will commit to.