Low-cost low-carbon gets a boost

Published:  11 January, 2013

Chief construction adviser Peter Hansford says helping the government deliver low carbon buildings at an affordable price will be his priority.

Mr Hansford is devising a strategy for construction over the next six months and has convened an advisory council from the industry to help draw up the industrial strategy for construction.

The former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) said the industrial strategy, one of a number of such proposed documents trailed by business secretary Vince Cable in September last year, will outline a 10-year vision for the construction industry, linking up existing initiatives such as the construction strategy and the Low Carbon Action Plan.

Mr Hansford is committed to driving forward the government’s construction strategy, including the agenda to reduce construction costs by 15%-20%, without major amendments

Mr Hansford’s appointment follows the departure of Paul Morrell, who while in post led the formation of the construction strategy and a study into how to deliver a sustainable construction industry which resulted in the Low Carbon Action Plan.

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