Government confirms backing for ‘exciting’ digital strategy

26 January 2020

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The new UK government remains committed to its digital construction strategy, which will be an “essential” part of its 2050 net zero carbon target.

Fergus Harradence, deputy director for construction at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said: “The objective of the UK government is to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in the development and application of digital technologies to the built environment.

“The potential benefits of digitisation are clear, and include more efficient transport systems, more energy-efficient buildings, lower waste and carbon emissions, and most importantly homes and other buildings that are safe and promote wellbeing for the people who live and work in them.” 

Harradence pointed to steps taken since 2011 to achieve these objectives, including the BIM mandate of 2016 for all new public buildings and infrastructure, investment in the Centre for Digital Built Britain, and the recent establishment of the Digital Framework Task Force, to deliver the National Infrastructure Commission’s vision for a National Digital Twin. 

“The digitisation of the built environment is one of the most exciting opportunities ahead of the UK, and is essential to enabling the UK to achieve its net zero carbon target by 2050,” Harradence said.

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