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Sustainability forum to consider its future

27 May 2013

The Green Construction Board, a government-industry consultative forum on sustainability issues in design, construction and property, will shortly be asked to consider its own future.

The board was set up with funding from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in October 2011, but with a two-year lifespan.

According to a government spokesman, the next meeting of the board will address whether it will continue on current terms, wind itself up, or evolve into an industry-funded institution.

The board is co-chaired by construction minister Michael Fallon and Skanska chief executive Mike Putnam, and also includes James Wates PPCIOB, Mark Clare of Barratt, Bill Bolsover of Aggregate Industries, and architect Sunand Prasad.

It is charged with monitoring the delivery of the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team's Action Plan; advising on policies related to green construction, and promoting achievements in the field of green construction and providing a strong public voice on its wider value to the economy, society and the environment.

At Ecobuild earlier this year, the board published a “Routemap” setting out what’s required from the construction industry to achieve the UK government's target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

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