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Build to last – the industry reaction

The ConstructionSkills’ Build to Last Programme is about ensuring that the UK is building a sustainable future. It encompasses what is built, where it is built and how it is built and aims to lead and support the sector’s skills development so that sustainable construction is the norm in industry practice within 10 years.

This paper reports and interprets the findings from the ConstructionSkills’ Sustainability Workshop held on 30 November 2004 in London. It develops the themes from the workshop and the earlier consultation into a broad action plan for ConstructionSkills and others with a stake in the construction industry. The findings are based on an industry consultation (undertaken by phone and internet survey amongst 67 people) and the views of the 83 people representing clients (4 organisations), contractors (18), suppliers (4), industry bodies (15), government (5), consultants (10) and trainers (7) who attended the workshop. The workshop focused on the management issues relating to sustainability and could not address the detailed changes in building/design practices or the specific technical and trades skills.

To interpret the findings and draw conclusions we have drawn on our experience of the realities of the construction business developed in our work on productivity, innovation, workforce development, partnering and health and safety.

Download the report in pdf format:

Build to last – the industry reaction 332kb PDF file.

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