The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.

Inclusive Environments Recognition Certification

CIC’s ‘Inclusive Environments Recognition’ certification is awarded to organisations which support and follow the CIC Essentials Principles Guide for Clients, Developers and Contractors.

Organisational Level
CIC’s ‘Inclusive Environments Recognition’ Certification  has a two-stage approach. The first of these recognises those organisations that are following the Essentials Principles Guide, and honours them with a certificate valid for a five-year period.

In order to be considered at an organisational level evidence must be provided that shows that the organisation supports the 6 essential principles:

  1. Appointment of an Inclusive Environmental Champion at Board / Trustee Level
  2. A copy of your Inclusive Design Strategy
  3. An example of Inclusive Design requirements included in a Project Brief and Project Budget
  4. An example of how your procurement process has addressed inclusive design
  5. Evidence of the use of Access and Inclusive Design expertise and of consultation with diverse users
  6. Evidence of monitoring and appraisal of completed projects to assess outcomes and successes in creating accessible and inclusive environments

Those organisations which are recognised receive a framed certificate.

Project Level
The second stage acknowledges individual buildings or projects undertaken by organisations who have already received recognition at an organisational level from CIC.

In order to be considered organisations must submit the following evidence to show that the project has followed the 6 essential principles.

  1. Appointment of an Inclusive Environmental Champion at Project Level
  2. Evidence that your Inclusive Design Strategy has been incorporated within the project brief and project budget
  3. An example of how the project procurement process has addressed inclusive design
  4. Evidence of the use of Access and Inclusive Design expertise and of consultation with diverse users
  5. Evidence of monitoring and appraisal of completed projects to assess outcomes and successes in creating accessible and inclusive environments
  6. List of any constraints that have prevented implementation of your Inclusive Design Strategy for example physical constraints of an existing building

Projects which successfully fulfil the above criteria will receive a plaque for permanent display inside that building.

For further information please contact Liz Drummond LDrummond@cic.org.uk