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Inquiry into sustainable construction and the Green Deal

The All Party Parliamentary Committee for Excellence in the Built Environment has launched an inquiry into sustainable construction and the Green Deal, and has called on firms, organisations and individuals in the sector to submit evidence on best practice, challenges and barriers.

Buildings account for nearly 50% of all carbon dioxide emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of our new and existing buildings is vital if the UK is to reach its ambitious carbon reduction targets. In the last five years the UK government and the EU has introduced a raft of legislation to further these aims. This includes the code for sustainable homes, more stringent building regulations and the Green Deal – the instrument intended to kick start a revolution in retrofitting.

But is the industry playing its part? Is sustainability suffering in the recession? What more can be done to promote green construction in public and private sector building projects? We would like feedback on the spectrum of green construction and policies.

These include:

  • Evidence of best practice of sustainable construction in the built environment – and how this could be repeated?
  • Barriers to sustainable construction – what is holding the industry back and how could this be improved?
  • Progress on sustainable homes – too much too fast?
  • The Green Deal – is the policy the right one? What can be done to ensure take up?

The Commission Members:

The APPG for EBE Commission of Inquiry comprises of members of both Houses of Parliament and senior members of the construction professions.

Peter Aldous MP, John Alker, Sir John Armitt OBE, Patrick Bellew, Peter Bonfield OBE, Oliver Colvile MP, the Earl of Lytton, Jack Pringle, Rt.Hon. Nick Raynsford, Andrew Stunell MP, Lord Teverson, Lord Whitty.

The Construction Industry Council acts as Secretariat to the Group.

The report from this Inquiry will be published in October 2013.

A copy of the full report can be found here



First session 15 April 2013


UK-Green Building Council – R. Griffiths, A. Surgenor
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – M. Russell-Croucher
Natural Energy Efficient Sustainable Project – K.Baker, R.Emmanuel, N. McBride, S.Thompson, T.Woolley
The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products – S.Corbey, T.Woolley

Second session 22 April 2013


Buro Happold – M. Dowson, A. Poole
The Chartered Institute of Building – S. Wielebski
Adapt Low Carbon Group – Dr J. French, Dr B. Tofield

Third session 13 May 2013


The Royal Institute of British Architects – L. Sullivan OBE
Radian – J. Rickard, G. Board, R. Mitchel
Carillion – C. Hall
University of Reading – Prof.w. Hughes, Prof. L.Shao

Fourth session 20 May 2013


Local Authorities Building Control – P. Everall CBE
The Building and Engineering Services Association – D. Frise
Atkins – Dr D.R. Jorgensen
The Institution of Structural Engineers – S. Kaethner

Fifth session 3 June 2013


National Housing Federation – P. Read
Places for People – N. Doyle
Affinity Sutton – J. Kape