Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC, has commented on the Construction Sector Deal:

“We welcome the long-awaited Construction Sector Deal as an opportunity to transform the capabilities of the industry and deliver more sustainable places. The move towards considering the whole life value of assets will bring into greater focus the importance of balancing the running and maintenance costs of a built asset with the initial investment. It is also good to see a commitment to the development of consistent design and performance benchmarks, which will allow the industry to better understand how well buildings actually operate and provide feedback to improve designs.

It is encouraging that the 2025 target to halve emissions from the built environment sits at the heart of the sector deal. The Government’s Clean Growth Grand Challenge can help to drive this transition and set us on a path to a net zero carbon built environment. But targets and aspirations will only get us so far and it is vital that these low carbon objectives are swiftly integrated into the wider policy framework for building regulations and energy efficiency.”

You can find the Construction Sector Deal in full here.