RESOURCES

In this section, papers from CIOB members on the key actions related to carbon reduction in the built environment can be found. External research, reports, guidance and legislation that formed the content behind the action plan are also found here.

DESIGN

Buildings in Design by John Eynon FCIOB

This paper was used as the basis for the actions we see in the 'Buildings in Design' section on the Action Plan.

Low Carbon Construction Innovation & Growth Team Final Report

The review has looked at the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and considered how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. This review has been led by Paul Morrell, the Chief Construction Adviser, and has been undertaken by a mix of industry experts (including representation from CIOB) and those with wider business experience.

Housing Futures - Our Homes and Communities (FMB)

A report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) on how we are housed now and how we will house ourselves in the future; how we conserve land, resources and above all energy; how we make where we live now attractive; how we foster stronger community spirit and how we create more equal conditions.

Green Deal summary - House of Commons Library June 2011
BSRIA Soft Landings

Soft Landings means designers and constructors staying involved with buildings beyond practical completion. This will assist the client during the first months of operation and beyond, to help fine-tune and de-bug the systems, and ensure the occupiers understand how to control and best use their buildings.

RIBA Sustainability Hub and The Environmental Handbook

Two thorough and expert sustainable design guidance tools:

  • RIBA Sustainability Hub - Sustainable Design Guidance
  • The Environmental Handbook from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (log-in required)
English Heritage - Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to historic and traditionally constructed buildings.

Government Response to the IGT Report - Low Carbon Construction Action Plan

Published June 2011. The CIOB is mentioned three times in relation to CarbonAction2050.com, greening the curriculum, and sharing best practice globally.

The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings

Report from the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and the Energy Saving Trust on delivering low carbon buildings.

CITB - Cut the Carbon

This site helps make small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies aware of the changes within the construction industry and makes those changes simple to understand. This increases the opportunities open to companies to benefit from low carbon initiatives such as the Green Deal.

CIOB Carbon Action 2050 Statistics

An overview of key statistics related to carbon in the built environment, and setting the context for why carbon emission reduction is so important.

Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy

A joint strategy from government and industry for the future of the UK construction industry. The strategy sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector. The three key priorities in the strategy focus on smart technologies, green construction and overseas trade.

Green Construction Board Routemap

The Green Construction Board has developed the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment, which serves as a visual tool to understand the policies, actions and key decision points required to achieve the UK Government target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 2050.

The emissions covered by the Routemap are as follows:

Operational carbon in buildings: emissions from regulated energy use (excluding plug loads) for all domestic and non-domestic building sectors except industrial.

Operational carbon in infrastructure: emissions from outdoor lighting, waste from construction, demolition and excavation, and water/wastewater. The use of transport infrastructure (by cars for example) is excluded. Some components of infrastructure that include buildings (such as railway stations) are included in the analysis, but appear under buildings.

Capital carbon: covers emissions arising from the production and manufacture of materials (in the UK and abroad), transport of materials and people, all industry design and consultancy activities, and the emissions from on-site activities for the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

Zero Carbon Hub: Closing the gap between design and as-built performance interim report

This interim progress report provides a summary of the work carried out to date within a collaborative industry project, led by the Zero Carbon Hub, to investigate and help close the gap between the design and as-built performance of new homes. This report presents initial findings and explains the next steps for the project.

The Business Case for Green Buildings - World Green Building Council

This 2013 report highlights the large number of compelling benefits green buildings bestow on different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building. This includes reduced design and construction costs, reduced operating costs, improved asset value, better workplace productivity and health benefits, and risk mitigation.

CONSTRUCTION

Buildings in Construction by Andrew Townsend MCIOB

This paper was used as the basis for the actions we see in the 'Buildings in Construction' section on the Action Plan.

Low Carbon Construction Innovation & Growth Team Final Report

The review has looked at the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and considered how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. This review has been led by Paul Morrell, the Chief Construction Adviser, and has been undertaken by a mix of industry experts (including representation from CIOB) and those with wider business experience.

Reducing the Footprint of the Construction Process

An action plan to reduce carbon in the construction process, by the Strategic Forum for Construction and the Carbon Trust.

BSRIA Soft Landings

Soft Landings means designers and constructors staying involved with buildings beyond practical completion. This will assist the client during the first months of operation and beyond, to help fine-tune and de-bug the systems, and ensure the occupiers understand how to control and best use their buildings.

Government Response to the IGT Report - Low Carbon Construction Action Plan

Published June 2011. The CIOB is mentioned three times in relation to CarbonAction2050.com, greening the curriculum, and sharing best practice globally.

The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings

Report from the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and the Energy Saving Trust on delivering low carbon buildings.

NHBC - Today's attitudes to low and zero carbon homes

2012 report from the NHBC on the current thoughts, awareness and understanding towards issues such as climate change, the 2016 zero carbon definition, airtightness and renewable technologies via the views of occupiers, house builders and housing associations.

CITB - Cut the Carbon

This site helps make small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies aware of the changes within the construction industry and makes those changes simple to understand. This increases the opportunities open to companies to benefit from low carbon initiatives such as the Green Deal.

CIOB Carbon Action 2050 Statistics

An overview of key statistics related to carbon in the built environment, and setting the context for why carbon emission reduction is so important.

Hemp block construction - technical handout

Technical specification of hemp block construction - a low carbon, energy efficient solution to construction with a very low embodied carbon impact. As hemp absorbs carbon dioxide as the plant grows, building with hemp saves an average of 50 tonnes of CO2, actually giving a negative carbon footprint. This replaces embodied energy (which on a normal house build is often between 30 to 40 tonnes of CO2) with negative embodied carbon.

Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy

A joint strategy from government and industry for the future of the UK construction industry. The strategy sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector. The three key priorities in the strategy focus on smart technologies, green construction and overseas trade.

Green Construction Board Routemap

The Green Construction Board has developed the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment, which serves as a visual tool to understand the policies, actions and key decision points required to achieve the UK Government target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 2050.

The emissions covered by the Routemap are as follows:

Operational carbon in buildings: emissions from regulated energy use (excluding plug loads) for all domestic and non-domestic building sectors except industrial.

Operational carbon in infrastructure: emissions from outdoor lighting, waste from construction, demolition and excavation, and water/wastewater. The use of transport infrastructure (by cars for example) is excluded. Some components of infrastructure that include buildings (such as railway stations) are included in the analysis, but appear under buildings.

Capital carbon: covers emissions arising from the production and manufacture of materials (in the UK and abroad), transport of materials and people, all industry design and consultancy activities, and the emissions from on-site activities for the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

Zero Carbon Hub: Closing the gap between design and as-built performance interim report

This interim progress report provides a summary of the work carried out to date within a collaborative industry project, led by the Zero Carbon Hub, to investigate and help close the gap between the design and as-built performance of new homes. This report presents initial findings and explains the next steps for the project.

The SMEs quick guide to sustainability

This guide seeks to: create more understanding of the broader ideas of sustainable construction within SMEs; enable SMEs to engage with the sustainability agenda through construction; identify business benefits and opportunities; and raise standards in the construction industry.

OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

Buildings in Operation & Maintenance by Kevin Dawson FCIOB and John Edwards FCIOB

This paper was used as the basis for the actions we see in the 'Buildings in Operation & Maintenance' section on the Action Plan.

Low Carbon Construction Innovation & Growth Team Final Report

The review has looked at the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and considered how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. This review has been led by Paul Morrell, the Chief Construction Adviser, and has been undertaken by a mix of industry experts (including representation from CIOB) and those with wider business experience.

UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

The low carbon transition plan sets out how the government is to meet its binding carbon budget – an 18% cut in emissions on 2008 levels by 2020 (34% on 1990 levels).

FMB - Transforming the UK’s Existing Housing Stock

This report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) focuses on the role of SME tradespeople in delivering low-carbon refurbishments in the UK’s existing housing stock.

Housing Futures - Our Homes and Communities (FMB)

A report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) on how we are housed now and how we will house ourselves in the future; how we conserve land, resources and above all energy; how we make where we live now attractive; how we foster stronger community spirit and how we create more equal conditions.

Green Deal summary - House of Commons Library June 2011
Government Response to the IGT Report - Low Carbon Construction Action Plan

Published June 2011. The CIOB is mentioned three times in relation to CarbonAction2050.com, greening the curriculum, and sharing best practice globally.

The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings

Report from the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and the Energy Saving Trust on delivering low carbon buildings.

NHBC - Today's attitudes to low and zero carbon homes

2012 report from the NHBC on the current thoughts, awareness and understanding towards issues such as climate change, the 2016 zero carbon definition, airtightness and renewable technologies via the views of occupiers, house builders and housing associations.

CITB - Cut the Carbon

This site helps make small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies aware of the changes within the construction industry and makes those changes simple to understand. This increases the opportunities open to companies to benefit from low carbon initiatives such as the Green Deal.

CIOB Carbon Action 2050 Statistics

An overview of key statistics related to carbon in the built environment, and setting the context for why carbon emission reduction is so important.

Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings

This report looks into key aspects of the responsible retrofit of traditional buildings. This work was undertaken by the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), which represents historic building groups in the UK as well as mainstream construction organisations, including the CIOB. The work was carried out following concerns that certain retrofit measures can have detrimental effects on traditional buildings (i.e. a property built pre-1919 with solid wall construction). It is estimated that traditional buildings in the UK number over 6 million, almost one quarter of the domestic housing stock.

Sustainability on a Budget

This report from the Plumb Centre assists consumers and the industry by highlighting 'quick wins' that can be made around buildings to improve energy efficiency and save money and carbon, for very little financial outlay.

Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy

A joint strategy from government and industry for the future of the UK construction industry. The strategy sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector. The three key priorities in the strategy focus on smart technologies, green construction and overseas trade.

Green Construction Board Routemap

The Green Construction Board has developed the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment, which serves as a visual tool to understand the policies, actions and key decision points required to achieve the UK Government target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 2050.

The emissions covered by the Routemap are as follows:

Operational carbon in buildings: emissions from regulated energy use (excluding plug loads) for all domestic and non-domestic building sectors except industrial.

Operational carbon in infrastructure: emissions from outdoor lighting, waste from construction, demolition and excavation, and water/wastewater. The use of transport infrastructure (by cars for example) is excluded. Some components of infrastructure that include buildings (such as railway stations) are included in the analysis, but appear under buildings.

Capital carbon: covers emissions arising from the production and manufacture of materials (in the UK and abroad), transport of materials and people, all industry design and consultancy activities, and the emissions from on-site activities for the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

The Business Case for Green Buildings - World Green Building Council

This 2013 report highlights the large number of compelling benefits green buildings bestow on different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building. This includes reduced design and construction costs, reduced operating costs, improved asset value, better workplace productivity and health benefits, and risk mitigation.

Building Efficiency - reducing energy demand in the commercial sector

This report calls for greater investment in commercial sector energy efficiency to convert a threat to profitability into an opportunity for business. It makes recommendations to Government on how it can help stimulate the market.

RETROFIT AND RE-USE

Buildings under Refurbishment & Retrofit by John Edwards FCIOB and Andrew Townsend MCIOB

This paper was used as the basis for the actions we see in the 'Buildings under Refurbishment & Retrofit' section on the Action Plan.

Low Carbon Construction Innovation & Growth Team Final Report

The review has looked at the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and considered how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. This review has been led by Paul Morrell, the Chief Construction Adviser, and has been undertaken by a mix of industry experts (including representation from CIOB) and those with wider business experience.

Better Buildings Partnership - Retrofit Toolkit

Low Carbon Retrofit Toolkit: A roadmap for success

UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

The low carbon transition plan sets out how the government is to meet its binding carbon budget – an 18% cut in emissions on 2008 levels by 2020 (34% on 1990 levels).

CPA Introduction to Low Carbon Domestic Refurbishment

This Introduction to Low Carbon Domestic Refurbishment from the Construction Products Association (CPA) is a first step in setting out the various ways in which homes can be upgraded.

English Heritage - Climate Change and the Historic Environment

The report sets out the current thinking on the implications of climate change for the historic environment. It is intended both for the heritage sector and also for those involved in the wider scientific and technical aspects of climate change; in the development of strategies and plans relating to climate change impacts; or in projects relating to risk assessment, adaptation and mitigation.

English Heritage - Energy Conservation in Traditional Buildings

This guide looks at a range of improvements that can be made to reduce the heat lost through a building’s walls, windows, floor and roof.

FMB - Transforming the UK’s Existing Housing Stock

This report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) focuses on the role of SME tradespeople in delivering low-carbon refurbishments in the UK’s existing housing stock.

Historic Scotland - Energy Efficiency in Traditional Homes

As pressure grows to reduce CO2 emissions, so does the need for owners, designers, users and managers of traditionally built structures to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption. This guide provides background to the issues and some basic ways to improve the thermal performance of a traditional building and its associated elements.

Housing Futures - Our Homes and Communities (FMB)

A report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) on how we are housed now and how we will house ourselves in the future; how we conserve land, resources and above all energy; how we make where we live now attractive; how we foster stronger community spirit and how we create more equal conditions.

Green Deal summary - House of Commons Library June 2011
English Heritage - Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

Application of Part L of the Building Regulations to historic and traditionally constructed buildings.

Government Response to the IGT Report - Low Carbon Construction Action Plan

Published June 2011. The CIOB is mentioned three times in relation to CarbonAction2050.com, greening the curriculum, and sharing best practice globally.

The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings

Report from the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and the Energy Saving Trust on delivering low carbon buildings.

CITB - Cut the Carbon

This site helps make small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies aware of the changes within the construction industry and makes those changes simple to understand. This increases the opportunities open to companies to benefit from low carbon initiatives such as the Green Deal.

CIOB Carbon Action 2050 Statistics

An overview of key statistics related to carbon in the built environment, and setting the context for why carbon emission reduction is so important.

Evolution and adaptive re-use: A study of a successful model, the conversion of the North Kowloon Magistracy into the Savannah College of Arts and Design

This paper reports an innovative study of adaptive reuse of a heritage building as a socially sustainable education project. This study relates to the need for many universities throughout the world the need to expand the education platform to meet the growing need of evolving industries and careers.

Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings

This report looks into key aspects of the responsible retrofit of traditional buildings. This work was undertaken by the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), which represents historic building groups in the UK as well as mainstream construction organisations, including the CIOB. The work was carried out following concerns that certain retrofit measures can have detrimental effects on traditional buildings (i.e. a property built pre-1919 with solid wall construction). It is estimated that traditional buildings in the UK number over 6 million, almost one quarter of the domestic housing stock.

Re-use of Buildings by John Edwards FCIOB

Written by CIOB Fellow John Edwards, this paper sets out the importance of re-using buildings where appropriate. Whilst it is inevitable that decisions on re-use or building replacement will be based upon inadequate knowledge on building performance, it is safe to say that normally re-using an existing building will be more carbon efficient.

Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy

A joint strategy from government and industry for the future of the UK construction industry. The strategy sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector. The three key priorities in the strategy focus on smart technologies, green construction and overseas trade.

Green Construction Board Routemap

The Green Construction Board has developed the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment, which serves as a visual tool to understand the policies, actions and key decision points required to achieve the UK Government target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 2050.

The emissions covered by the Routemap are as follows:

Operational carbon in buildings: emissions from regulated energy use (excluding plug loads) for all domestic and non-domestic building sectors except industrial.

Operational carbon in infrastructure: emissions from outdoor lighting, waste from construction, demolition and excavation, and water/wastewater. The use of transport infrastructure (by cars for example) is excluded. Some components of infrastructure that include buildings (such as railway stations) are included in the analysis, but appear under buildings.

Capital carbon: covers emissions arising from the production and manufacture of materials (in the UK and abroad), transport of materials and people, all industry design and consultancy activities, and the emissions from on-site activities for the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

Building Efficiency - reducing energy demand in the commercial sector

This report calls for greater investment in commercial sector energy efficiency to convert a threat to profitability into an opportunity for business. It makes recommendations to Government on how it can help stimulate the market.

WASTE

Effective Management of Construction Waste by Stephen Wielebski FCIOB

This useful scene-setting paper was used as the basis for the actions we see in the 'Waste' section on the Action Plan.

Basics of Sustainability 9: Waste in Construction

The CIOB, in association with the Society of the Environment (SocEnv), is able to offer the opportunity to members to qualify as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) by completing a report and assessment interview.

Potential candidates should have a good general understanding of environmental and sustainability issues as they will have their occupational competence assessed prior to interview. More information on how to apply to become a CEnv is available on the CIOB website.

The following document on Waste in Construction has been developed to assist those who wish to have a greater general understanding of the relevant subject matter and to aid their application to become a Chartered Environmentalist.

This has been created by CIOB members in the London branch Sustainability Strategy Group and has been reviewed by independent CIOB members and staff. You can find out more about the Group on their LinkedIn page.

The Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice

Developed by Contaminated Lane: Application in Real Environments (CL:AIRE), this important code of practice looks at waste re-use and excavations on brownfield land.

Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy

A joint strategy from government and industry for the future of the UK construction industry. The strategy sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector. The three key priorities in the strategy focus on smart technologies, green construction and overseas trade.

Green Construction Board Routemap

The Green Construction Board has developed the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment, which serves as a visual tool to understand the policies, actions and key decision points required to achieve the UK Government target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 2050.

The emissions covered by the Routemap are as follows:

Operational carbon in buildings: emissions from regulated energy use (excluding plug loads) for all domestic and non-domestic building sectors except industrial.

Operational carbon in infrastructure: emissions from outdoor lighting, waste from construction, demolition and excavation, and water/wastewater. The use of transport infrastructure (by cars for example) is excluded. Some components of infrastructure that include buildings (such as railway stations) are included in the analysis, but appear under buildings.

Capital carbon: covers emissions arising from the production and manufacture of materials (in the UK and abroad), transport of materials and people, all industry design and consultancy activities, and the emissions from on-site activities for the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

Action Plan for halving construction, demolition and excavation waste to landfill

Created by WRAP and the Strategic Forum for Construction, this action plan shows the leadership that is required to take responsibility and address actions over all parts of the supply chain in order to reduce construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E) waste. This should result not only in environmental benefits but also benefits to businesses as they improve the efficiency of their operations.

SKILLS AND EDUCATION

Skills and Education by Richard Breen ACIOB and Rosalind Thorpe

This paper was used as the basis for the actions we see in the 'Skills and Education' section on the Action Plan.

Low Carbon Construction Innovation & Growth Team Final Report

The review has looked at the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and considered how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. This review has been led by Paul Morrell, the Chief Construction Adviser, and has been undertaken by a mix of industry experts (including representation from CIOB) and those with wider business experience.

Green Deal summary - House of Commons Library June 2011
Home Building Skills Report - an action plan to 2020

A report from the the NHBC, Zero Carbon Hub and ConstructionSkills on helping the home building industry understand the likely future changes to home building and how these changes will impact on the skills and knowledge needed within the industry and its whole supply chain.

Government Response to the IGT Report - Low Carbon Construction Action Plan

Published June 2011. The CIOB is mentioned three times in relation to CarbonAction2050.com, greening the curriculum, and sharing best practice globally.

The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings

Report from the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and the Energy Saving Trust on delivering low carbon buildings.

CIOB Carbon Action 2050 Statistics

An overview of key statistics related to carbon in the built environment, and setting the context for why carbon emission reduction is so important.

Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings

This report looks into key aspects of the responsible retrofit of traditional buildings. This work was undertaken by the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA), which represents historic building groups in the UK as well as mainstream construction organisations, including the CIOB. The work was carried out following concerns that certain retrofit measures can have detrimental effects on traditional buildings (i.e. a property built pre-1919 with solid wall construction). It is estimated that traditional buildings in the UK number over 6 million, almost one quarter of the domestic housing stock.

Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy

A joint strategy from government and industry for the future of the UK construction industry. The strategy sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector. The three key priorities in the strategy focus on smart technologies, green construction and overseas trade.

Green Construction Board Routemap

The Green Construction Board has developed the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment, which serves as a visual tool to understand the policies, actions and key decision points required to achieve the UK Government target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 2050.

The emissions covered by the Routemap are as follows:

Operational carbon in buildings: emissions from regulated energy use (excluding plug loads) for all domestic and non-domestic building sectors except industrial.

Operational carbon in infrastructure: emissions from outdoor lighting, waste from construction, demolition and excavation, and water/wastewater. The use of transport infrastructure (by cars for example) is excluded. Some components of infrastructure that include buildings (such as railway stations) are included in the analysis, but appear under buildings.

Capital carbon: covers emissions arising from the production and manufacture of materials (in the UK and abroad), transport of materials and people, all industry design and consultancy activities, and the emissions from on-site activities for the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

LEADERSHIP

Leadership & Corporate Activities by Kye Gbangbola FCIOB

This paper was used as the basis for the actions we see in the 'Leadership' section on the Action Plan.

UK Government Carbon Plan

The Carbon Plan is a Government-wide plan of action on climate change, including domestic and international activity, which sets out department by department how the Government will reduce carbon emissions.

Low Carbon Construction Innovation & Growth Team Final Report

The review has looked at the strengths of and opportunities for the UK construction industry in a low carbon economy and considered how the UK can be a world leader in this sector. This review has been led by Paul Morrell, the Chief Construction Adviser, and has been undertaken by a mix of industry experts (including representation from CIOB) and those with wider business experience.

UK Low Carbon Transition Plan

The low carbon transition plan sets out how the government is to meet its binding carbon budget – an 18% cut in emissions on 2008 levels by 2020 (34% on 1990 levels).

Carbon Connect: Driving Demand

Driving demand: Creating opportunities for the commercialisation of low carbon technologies.

Hitting the Green Wall... and Beyond

How is the UK development industry building sustainable foundations? A report from SPADA, the British Property Federation and TaylorWessing.

Housing Futures - Our Homes and Communities (FMB)

A report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) on how we are housed now and how we will house ourselves in the future; how we conserve land, resources and above all energy; how we make where we live now attractive; how we foster stronger community spirit and how we create more equal conditions.

Inno Grips - Sustainable Construction and Public Procurement

Sustainable Construction and Public Procurement: Examining the Scope for a Clean Buildings Directive

NISP - The Pathway to a Low Carbon Sustainable Economy

National Industrial Symbiosis Programme - the Pathway to a Low Carbon Sustainable Economy

Climate Change Act 2008

The UK Climate Change Act 2008

Green Deal summary - House of Commons Library June 2011
Berkeley Group Sustainability (GRI) Report 2010

An example of a high quality sustainability GRI report from the Berkeley Group.

Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air is written by Professor David MacKay, and cuts through the myth around climate change and energy and delves straight to the facts.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a gold-standard sustainability reporting framework.

Stern Review - The Economics of Climate Change

Executive Summary from the Stern Review - The Economics of Climate Change.

Government Response to the IGT Report - Low Carbon Construction Action Plan

Published June 2011. The CIOB is mentioned three times in relation to CarbonAction2050.com, greening the curriculum, and sharing best practice globally.

Kye Gbangbola - International Integrated Reporting Committee Pilot Programme

The CIOB were represented at the launch of the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) in Rotterdam in October 2011.  A group of companies of global significance were selected for the purpose of demonstrating global leadership for testing the principles and practicalities of Integrated Reporting.  These organisations will support the creation a new global standard to address the key challenges of this evolution in corporate reporting.

The Retrofit Challenge: Delivering Low Carbon Buildings

Report from the Centre for Low Carbon Futures and the Energy Saving Trust on delivering low carbon buildings.

CITB - Cut the Carbon

This site helps make small and medium-sized (SMEs) companies aware of the changes within the construction industry and makes those changes simple to understand. This increases the opportunities open to companies to benefit from low carbon initiatives such as the Green Deal.

An introduction to Thinking about ‘Energy Behaviour’: a Multi Model Approach

A paper for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) by Dr Tim Chatterton, the Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment University of the West of England. This paper provides a guide on the different ways of thinking about the way that people use energy. It draws on evidence from behavioral economics, social psychology and sociology to examine different ways of changing energy behavior.

CIOB Carbon Action 2050 Statistics

An overview of key statistics related to carbon in the built environment, and setting the context for why carbon emission reduction is so important.

CIOB Annual Report 2011 - GRI Application Level C

This is CIOB's first GRI checked and approved report that reports on our environmental as well as financial performance.

Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy

A joint strategy from government and industry for the future of the UK construction industry. The strategy sets out a vision and a plan for long-term strategic action by government and industry to continue to work together to promote the success of the UK construction sector. The three key priorities in the strategy focus on smart technologies, green construction and overseas trade.

Green Construction Board Routemap

The Green Construction Board has developed the Low Carbon Routemap for the Built Environment, which serves as a visual tool to understand the policies, actions and key decision points required to achieve the UK Government target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment by 2050.

The emissions covered by the Routemap are as follows:

Operational carbon in buildings: emissions from regulated energy use (excluding plug loads) for all domestic and non-domestic building sectors except industrial.

Operational carbon in infrastructure: emissions from outdoor lighting, waste from construction, demolition and excavation, and water/wastewater. The use of transport infrastructure (by cars for example) is excluded. Some components of infrastructure that include buildings (such as railway stations) are included in the analysis, but appear under buildings.

Capital carbon: covers emissions arising from the production and manufacture of materials (in the UK and abroad), transport of materials and people, all industry design and consultancy activities, and the emissions from on-site activities for the construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure.

Zero Carbon Hub: Closing the gap between design and as-built performance interim report

This interim progress report provides a summary of the work carried out to date within a collaborative industry project, led by the Zero Carbon Hub, to investigate and help close the gap between the design and as-built performance of new homes. This report presents initial findings and explains the next steps for the project.

The Business Case for Green Buildings - World Green Building Council

This 2013 report highlights the large number of compelling benefits green buildings bestow on different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building. This includes reduced design and construction costs, reduced operating costs, improved asset value, better workplace productivity and health benefits, and risk mitigation.

Building Efficiency - reducing energy demand in the commercial sector

This report calls for greater investment in commercial sector energy efficiency to convert a threat to profitability into an opportunity for business. It makes recommendations to Government on how it can help stimulate the market.

CIOB ACTION PLAN

CIOB Carbon Footprint by Fiona Roberts, Adam Hollis MCIOB and Alan Crane FCIOB

This paper was used as the basis for the actions we see in the 'CIOB Carbon Action Plan' section on the Action Plan.

Berkeley Group Sustainability (GRI) Report 2010

An example of a high quality sustainability GRI report from the Berkeley Group.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a gold-standard sustainability reporting framework.

Government Response to the IGT Report - Low Carbon Construction Action Plan

Published June 2011. The CIOB is mentioned three times in relation to CarbonAction2050.com, greening the curriculum, and sharing best practice globally.

An introduction to Thinking about ‘Energy Behaviour’: a Multi Model Approach

A paper for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) by Dr Tim Chatterton, the Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment University of the West of England. This paper provides a guide on the different ways of thinking about the way that people use energy. It draws on evidence from behavioral economics, social psychology and sociology to examine different ways of changing energy behavior.

CIOB Carbon Action 2050 Statistics

An overview of key statistics related to carbon in the built environment, and setting the context for why carbon emission reduction is so important.

CIOB Annual Report 2011 - GRI Application Level C

This is CIOB's first GRI checked and approved report that reports on our environmental as well as financial performance.

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