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Sustainability still “challenging” for construction industry | 24 December 2012

Committing fully to sustainability is still a “challenge” for the construction industry, according to Claire Goot, a member of the Green Construction Board Promotional Working Group.

Goot – who was also named Graduate of the Year 2011 by New Civil Engineer – explained on nce.co.uk that this isn’t something construction companies should be afraid of though. If anything, it actually means there are many opportunities out there for those hoping to embrace sustainability.

These firms should take a leaf out of their colleagues’ books, Goot added, stating: “There are many companies who have already taken the leap of faith and are demonstrating the lessons learnt, they should be supported and used to the advantage of the rest of the industry.

“Quantifying the benefit of delivering best practice, beyond compliance, generates recognition for the achievements of UK construction at all levels an the need for more tangible actions and return on investment for SMEs,” Goot added. “When we break down the commercial barriers that tend to prevent open sharing of experiences we will see real progress – as a unified industry.”

The Green Construction Board (GCB) was created in order to encourage the UK’s construction industry to become less fearful of sustainability and green building practices. Goot revealed that this body is working hard to raise awareness of said practices; in an attempt to show the true value that can be gleamed from sustainable construction.

Some already seem sure of this fact however. In a recent report entitled ‘Sustainability in the European Construction Industry 2012 – 2013’ (cited by businesswire.com), it was revealed that almost half of the EU’s contractors and project developers predict their profits will increase as a result of embracing sustainability.

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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