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August 2013 Industrial strategy for construction

The industrial strategy for construction was launched in July at the Government Construction Summit. It marks the beginning of a programme of work that will bring together various initiatives, with the overall aim of delivering growth and efficiency to the industry. A key part will be bringing forward research and innovation into the wider industry, particularly in green construction and digital design.

ublication of the industrial strategy follows six months’ work by Government and industry in partnership, which has been led by the Chief Construction Adviser, Peter Hansford. It sets out an ambitious vision for the industry in 2025 and identifi es the key drivers of change where co-ordinated action will help deliver our ambitions.

The vision recognises that two key transformations will fundamentally change what is expected of our industry a decade from now. First, the transition to a low carbon economy means that greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment will be reduced by almost half by 2025 (against a 1990 baseline). Second, the rise of smart construction and digital design, along with big data and sensor technologies that promise a revolution in how assets are built and operated, means that a step change is required in the industry’s skill set. A great wealth of research activity is already underway in these two key areas. In green construction, the Technology Strategy Board’s Low Impact Buildings programme

has helped the UK construction industry to deliver buildings with a much lower environmental impact, whilst the joint industry and Government Green Construction Board provides a platform for collaborative action to ensure we make the most of business opportunities in green and sustainable construction. Meanwhile, various academic centres across the country are displaying the benefi ts of smart construction, particularly in infrastructure, where effective use of sensor technology and analysis of data enables dramatic increases in the operational effi ciency of assets. It is absolutely vital that this research activity is marshalled into a position where it is more visible and more usable in the Canary Wharf Station – architects’ impression

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wider industry. Only then will we see the enormous potential of these innovative solutions realised. The example of Building Information Modelling, where collaborative action is beginning to deliver tangible results, must be replicated throughout the entire research agenda. This strategy, and the Construction Leadership Council that will deliver it, provides the framework for this to happen.

For further information please contact Jack Stevens, Policy Adviser in the Construction Unit at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (E-mail: jack.

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