RICS lead on Government IGT measures
Published: 23 June, 2011
LONDON: RICS welcomes today’s response from the Government to the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team (IGT) report, which demonstrates a willingness to work with the construction industry. RICS will now be leading on a series of issues to help establish the UK as a world leader in sustainable construction and refurbishment.
RICS is already heavily engaged in many of the areas highlighted in the report and is taking the initiative on key issues, such as establishing a method for measuring embodied carbon, investigating the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), developing the Ska rating tool for sustainable fit outs and working on the proposals for the Green Deal.
Key areas to be driven by RICS:
- To establish a standard method of measuring embodied carbon, through our Building Cost Information Service (BCIS).
- Assessing the potential use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), in the construction and refurbishment process.
- To help the Government carry out sustainable fit outs of its office stock using the Ska Rating tool.
- To collaborate with the Government on proposals for the Green Deal and organise a cross-industry seminar, aimed at achieving cross-sector partnerships.
RICS will continue to work closely with the Government and other industry bodies to drive this process forward, help reduce carbon emissions from the built environment and establish the UK as a world leader in sustainable construction.
Mark Goodwin, RICS Director of External Affairs, commented: “RICS welcomes the Government’s response to the IGT report into low carbon construction and is fully committed to meeting the challenges that are set out. We will be leading in the fields of embodied carbon, BIM, the Green Deal and the Ska Rating tool and will be working closely with the construction and property industries and the Government to deliver in these areas.
“Coordinated action across the construction industry will be essential if we are to meet the challenges presented by sustainability and the need to reduce carbon from the construction and refurbishment process. It is the responsibility of the construction and property industries and the Government to ensure that the process is driven forward, helping to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment.”