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RIBA backs Government low carbon build plan

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The RIBA has welcomed the Government’s plan to deliver a low carbon construction sector.

The plan was published in response to the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team (IGT) report released in November.

The Government’s proposals are designed to meet ambitions to decarbonise the built environment by 2050.

The recommendations include:

  1. The need for a new level of cooperation between Government and industry.
  2. The need for a transparent plan of incentives and interventions.
  3. The need to reform public procurement.
  4. The need to make the most of export opportunities.

RIBA president Ruth Reed said: ‘The Government’s response to the IGT report is a golden opportunity to improve the way we procure public buildings to cut costs and carbon and improve design outcomes.

‘The RIBA has been campaigning to improve public procurement for a number of years therefore the Government’s ambition to ensure more integrated cross-sector working and to better coordinate policy is very welcome and long-overdue.

‘We are already working on a series of initiatives with the CIC and other construction industry partners to develop solutions such as integrated collaborative design to meet the Government’s ambitions and enable the industry to achieve the construction and carbon reduction targets for the built environment.’

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