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Lend Lease's Labbad to co-chair Green Construction Board

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Lend Lease’s Dan Labbad has been appointed as Green Construction Board co-chair alongside business minister Mark Prisk

The chief executive for Europe, Middle East and Africa previously held the position of head of Sustainability at the company where he led its inaugural sustainability report in 2005 and is chairman of the UK Green Building Council, reported sister title Construction News.

Labbad, who was a judge for the architecture prize at the AJ/Lend Lease-backed Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, said: ‘This is a unique and important opportunity for the private sector to work in partnership with government to provide direction for the green transformation of our sector.

‘The group will work to create a platform for investment and innovation and to help leverage the commercial opportunity that the green agenda presents. I am looking forward to working alongside Mark to help make this collaboration a success.’

Labbad formerly sat on the board of the Australian Green Building Council before moving to the UK and has been among the backers of a campaign who wrote to David Cameron calling for the Energy Bill to be used to legislate on Display Energy Certificates.

Prisk said: ‘Greening the property and construction sector is a great challenge and a massive opportunity.

‘By greening their own operations, pulling green practices through their supply chains and providing better, greener, buildings and infrastructure, we can not only make the transition to a greener economy but seize an opportunity for growth at the same time.

‘I know that Dan’s extensive experience and leadership will mean that the board can make the most of the opportunities over the weeks and months ahead. That way we can push for growth in the sector and make Britain a world leader in green construction.’

In a statement from the Department of Business it was confirmed that the board will hold its first full meeting ‘later in the Autumn’ where membership will be finalised and terms of reference will be set out.

The Green Construction Board was announced on 22 June where chief construction adviser Paul Morrell said a co-chair would be chosen ‘within weeks’.

The board was also expected to meet for the first time in September but full details of who will sit on the board and the extent of its remit have yet to be finalised.

UKGBC chief executive Paul King said: ‘UK-GBC has long championed much closer collaboration between industry and government to fully grasp the benefits of green building - for business, for people and for the wider economy - and Dan Labbad is the ideal co-chair for the Green Construction Board to ensure an efficient and constructive way forward.

‘The Green Construction Board has the potential to provide some much-needed co-ordination of activity and joining up of policy across government departments, to create the conditions for private sector investment and innovation to deliver the sustainable growth we urgently need.’

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