The Construction Industry Council is asking professionals to give evidence of good practice and barriers relating to sustainability and the Green Deal

Call for evidence on Green Deal

The All Party Parliamentary Committee for Excellence in the Built Environment is launching a far-reaching inquiry into sustainable construction and the Green Deal, and it is calling on firms, organisations and individuals in the sector to submit evidence on best practice, challenges and barriers.

Buildings account for nearly 50% of all carbon dioxide emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of our new and existing buildings is vital if the UK is to reach its ambitious carbon reduction targets. In the last five years the UK government and the EU have introduced a raft of legislation to further these aims. This includes the Code for Sustainable Homes, more stringent building regulations and the Green Deal – the instrument intended to kick start a revolution in retrofitting.

Now the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment  is calling for evidece for its Inquiry into Sustainable Construction and the Green Deal.

It is looking for feedback on issues which could include the following:

Evidence of best practice of sustainable construction in the built environment – and how this could be repeated?

• Barriers to sustainable construction – what is holding the industry back and how could this be improved?

• Progress on sustainable homes – too much too fast?

• The Green Deal – is the policy the right one? What can be done to ensure take up?

The closing date for evidence submissions is 30 November 2012.

The APPG for EBE Commission of Inquiry comprises members of both Houses of Parliament, senior members of the construction professions and key influencers and decision makers in other aspects of society. The Commission will hold sessions in January to March 2013 to invite selected organisations to present oral evidence in support of their submissions. This will be the Committee’s second report. It recently published ‘A better deal for public building’ which set out a number of measures for improving construction procurement, including adopting the 2012 Construction Commitments on all public building projects over £100m.

The findings of the Inquiry will be published before the parliamentary recess in early summer 2013.

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