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£1m for green construction quango

14 May 12 The Green Construction Board (GCB) has been given £1m of government funding, business minister Mark Prisk has announced.

Mark Prisk
Mark Prisk

Mr Prisk, who co-chairs the GCB, said during a visit to Building Research Establishment in Watford today: "The government is determined to maximise the opportunities for UK construction in sustainable development. This money will enable the board to take forward a large programme of activities through the voluntary contributions of many people from the industry, who are keen to engage with us regularly to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.

“This additional funding will be used to get even more value from those contributions by supporting particular tasks, to ensure that they are delivered more quickly, or in more depth, than would otherwise be the case.”

Since this new quango was launched in November 2011, the GCB has established a network of seven working groups, comprising more than 160 industry and government representatives. It has also created ‘an initial routemap' setting out ‘the industry’s direction’ to 2050. The GCB has its third meeting this afternoon at the BRE.

Co-chair Dan Labbad said: “We have made considerable progress already and will be working even harder over the coming months. For example, we will be publishing a final version of our Routemap by the end of the year. We will also be developing guidance for construction businesses to show the top twenty steps they should take to green their operations.

“In support of business growth we will also publish a set of case studies from the infrastructure sector, demonstrating that cash and embodied carbon reductions can go hand in hand.”

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