Michael Ankers: Enormous opportunity for construction.

Report provides springboard for construction

Published:  29 November, 2010

LONDON: The Government’s Low Carbon Innovation and Growth Team’s report sets out an exciting agenda for the construction industry. It provides a springboard for delivering a low carbon built environment in the UK.

Michael Ankers, chief executive of the Construciton Products Association, said: “The report makes clear that without decisive leadership and co-operation between different parts of the industry, and between industry and government, we will not achieve the benefits for the construction industry and the wider UK economy.

“It also recognises that product manufacturers and suppliers have a major contribution to make in the creation of a low carbon construction industry through the steps they take to reduce the carbon content in the products that are used.

“The biggest challenge lies in making our existing buildings more energy efficient.

“We particularly welcome the recommendation that an existing homes hub is established similar to the Zero Carbon Hub that is working so successfully to develop the programme for delivering all new homes to a zero carbon standard by 2016. This is an excellent example of industry and government working together and we look forward to a similar mechanism being established for the existing housing stock as soon as possible.”

Mr Ankers went on to comment that the report provided an “enormous opportunity".

There is a 40-year programme of work for those capable of seizing the opportunities this presents, he stated. "There has never been a better time for the construction industry to take the lead and to drive this agenda forward,” he said. 

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