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DfMA Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work

We’re gearing up for the DfMA Overlay virtual launch on the 15th September, where we’ll be joined by expert speakers from RIBA, Cast Consultancy, MHCLG, UKRI and top architectural practices for a series of short keynotes and interactive roundtable discussions on key DfMA topics. Don’t miss it, book your free place now. 

Sector news…

Deploying modular housing in the UK: Calls for the government and housebuilders to come together and harness the benefits of modular housing come from a new report, published by the Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research on behalf of housing provider group Places for People. Find out more

Hydrogen Homes: Built using offsite methods by Totally Modular, new homes in Gateshead have recently opened demonstrating the use of 100% hydrogen appliances in a homes setting for the first time. Find out more

Other upcoming training sessions…

  • Digital Innovation in Offsite Construction – Lunch ‘n’ Learn with JLG Industries, 17th August 1 – 2 PM. Register now
  • Offsite for Quantity Surveyors and Cost Consultants Workshop, 7th September, 9 AM – 12 PM. Register now
  • Offsite Expo (various sessions), 21st and 22nd September, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Register now

Offsite resources recommended for you this month…

NEW: Kier have recently relaunched the MMC Database, an interactive map detailing the full spectrum of MMC technologies and manufacturers available to organisations looking to choose offsite. Find out more

NEW: Last week we were joined by Nigel Fraser from Buildoffsite, discussing the Offsite response to the Construction Playbook, particularly how suppliers can evolve to make the most of the opportunities. Watch now

If you don’t measure, you can’t manage

Complete our free self assessment to get your bespoke action plan today. The list of resources will advise you where you should focus your learning with direct links to top-quality materials.

You can also benchmark your company’s offsite maturity here.

New delivery hub to oversee sector-wide climate and environmental roadmap for high quality homes and places

Today (27th July), the country’s leading home builders have committed alongside supply sectors, regulators and environmental groups to a sector-wide delivery plan for meeting climate, nature and the wider environmental targets set by Government.

The plan, agreed through the Future Homes Task Force, which comprises leading figures from the relevant home building, supply chain, skills, environmental, planning, academic, infrastructure, utilities and regulator communities, and through collaboration with the Government, includes headline goals to deliver:

  • high quality homes that are zero carbon ready and sustainable by 2025, with early investigation of the steps beyond;
  • places and developments that are consistently low carbon, nature rich, resilient healthy, well-designed and beautiful by 2025;
  • production and construction methods that are net zero and sustainable by 2050, with substantial progress by 2025 and 2030;
  • businesses operations in line with the Race to Zero: net zero by 2050 with a 50% reduction by 2030

These goals are supported by more detailed commitments and roadmaps in the summary delivery plan, published today.

This sector-wide agreement plots a stretching but deliverable path to enable the homebuilding sector to plan early and collaborate with inter-related sectors such as suppliers, skills providers infrastructure and the conservation community, as well as the   Government to build high quality environmentally friendly homes and places. It is the first sector-wide plan in the UK to cover the full range of environmental targets from net zero carbon emissions to nature, air and water quality, resources and waste as well as wider goals around sustainable place-making and resilience to the impacts of climate change. The sequenced roadmap sets a series of goals and milestones that need to be met along the way, incorporating Government policies such as the Future Homes Standard and Biodiversity Net Gain.

Speaking today Neil Jefferson, Co-chair of the Task Force said;

“The Government has set out a clear legal framework for tackling climate change and restoring the natural world. Meeting these targets means a wholesale change in how we design and build homes for future generations. This is a challenge we are committed to tackling head on. Today’s launch sees the sector taking leadership of the agenda. The broad range of stakeholders involved will hold each other to account and ensure we deliver on this vital agenda as quickly and effectively as is possible. We want to ensure that we build on the huge progress made so far and deliver world leading, environmentally friendly, high quality housing.”

Housing Secretary RT Hon Robert Jenrick MP said; 

“As we drive forward our plan for the UK to meet its 2050 net zero target, we are determined to improve the energy efficiency of our homes and reduce carbon emissions in a way that is fair and affordable to everyone.

“I welcome the work of the Future Homes Task Force, which has brought together leaders across the fields that contribute to and influence homebuilding and has created this roadmap for meeting these challenges. It is right that the industry is stepping up to play a leadership role here: delivery and innovation to meet the challenges requires common purpose and partnerships that are being formed. The Delivery Hub will provide support across industry to ensure successful implementation of the Future Homes Standard.”

Stewart Baseley. Executive Chairman of the Home Builders Federation said:

Today’s major environmental challenges will be with us for the future and cannot be ignored. It’s imperative we show leadership and commitment to play our part in tackling them and I’m delighted the Task Force’s delivery plan gives the industry and its partners the basis to do so.”

To drive and oversee the plan the new delivery Hub will be launched in September, with the support and involvement of Government. The Hub will help facilitate a sector-wide approach to identify the metrics, more detailed targets where necessary, methods and innovations to meet the goals and the collaborations required with supply chains and other sectors. It will incorporate the needs of all parties including the public and private sector and crucially, consumers, such that they can all play their part in delivering environmentally conscious homes that people want to live in.

The roadmap approach and the new Hub will have a particular focus on helping SME businesses, by providing them with sufficient time, advice and support, to develop the people and processes necessary to enable them to deliver on environmental goals.

The net zero elements of the plan are reflected within a wider construction performance framework, announced last week under the Construction Leadership Council’s CO2nstructzero programme.

Additional quotes from Task Force members;

Ed Lockhart, Co-chair of the Task Force and Convenor of the Broadway Initiative. We will be judged by future generations largely on whether we can adapt to build homes and places that people love, while being fully sustainable. That change requires the many disciplines and sectors that influence homebuilding to move in lock step. The Future Homes Delivery Plan is structured to bring that cast together on the right journey. Whether we reach the destination depends on whether collectively we stick to the course.”

Beccy Speight, CEO of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. “The housing sector has a critical role to play in responding to both the nature and climate emergencies, and in helping to meet many of the Environment Bill targets. This delivery plan is an important starting point and the future development of the robust mechanisms and the partnerships needed to secure effective implementation will be key to the delivery of that role.”

Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director, Homes England. ‘The Future Homes Task Force brought together leaders in the housing sector to explore how we could all play our part in response to the urgent challenges of climate change. We all recognised the critical requirement to take a leap towards our net zero carbon future and do this collaboratively. Delivering energy efficient homes in well designed and sustainable communities requires vision, collective leadership and innovation. The Future Homes Delivery Plan sets out a vision with ambitious near- term commitments and provides, alongside government policy, a clear set of expectations for the housing sector to deliver better outcomes for people, places and the planet. Homes England looks forward to working with the Delivery Hub to share expertise and learning.

Rachael Whelan, Land & Sustainability Director, Archway Homes, a SME house builder operating in the North West. “In a world where our environmental agenda is becoming increasingly important to our future, the Future Homes Task Force has provided an excellent forum for key organisations to collaborate and define the roadmap for our housing industry. I am very proud to have been a part of this process and Archway Homes, having already taken the decision to build all our houses to EPC A rating, is very much committed to this agenda and taking our houses forward to the Future Homes Standard for the benefit of our customers and future generations.”

Rob Boughton, CEO, Thakeham Group, a SME house builder operating in the South East, “We are proud to be part of the industry drive towards a zero carbon future. This report, and the continual work of the Future Homes Task Force, exemplifies how sector plans are a fantastic way to align members and engage stakeholders on the interim steps needed to transition. Thakeham have been able to share our zero carbon placemaking principles with the wider HBF membership throughout the process, representing the art of the possible for each Roadmap. We look forward to continuing the drive, eliminating barriers to the successful implementation of a more sustainable future for our planet, and the people living in the communities we create.”

Emma Harvey, Programme Director, Green Finance Institute “Establishing sector-specific guidelines and roadmaps is vital to help decarbonise our economy and identify the opportunities for the finance sector to accelerate the net-zero transition. The Green Finance Institute welcomes the recommendations in today’s report by the Future Homes Task Force, and looks forward to collaborating with the delivery hub to channel capital towards zero carbon new-build homes.”

Embracing offsite manufacture and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is becoming a strategic priority for many businesses. As the largest regional builder in the UK, Kier’s use of MMC spans multiple sectors and geographical locations, and they see the supply chain partners they work with as integral to the success of their business.

 

To make it as easy as possible for organisations to choose offsite, and to showcase the diverse range of MMC manufacturers across the UK, Kier has partnered with the Supply Chain Sustainability School to develop a new database specifically for MMC manufacturers.

The new database forms a highly visual interactive map, colour coded to reflect the full spectrum of MMC technologies available and is fully searchable, making it quick and easy to find a manufacturers’ details for a project via the geographical location of their factories. Over 160 manufacturers have already signed up to be included.

“Through our behavioural change initiative at Kier, The Choice Factory, we are constantly looking for new ways in which to make offsite manufacture and MMC more accessible for our colleagues, clients and supply chain. As a team, we are often asked which manufacturers to approach when considering adopting a specific offsite methodology for a new scheme, so we wanted to come up with a dynamic way of communicating this information, as well as making it open and accessible in order to benefit the wider industry.”Elizabeth Cook, Kier Strategic Projects.

Increasingly, clients are setting ambitious sustainability targets. Kier has therefore added fields to promote supplier’s sustainability credentials, helping to bring responsible procurement to the forefront of initial selection criteria.

View more here.

To view the MMC database, click here.

 

Top Stories for Scotland this Month

 

SEPA and Robertson partner to build Scotland’s greener future

The construction company act as a ‘critical friend’ highlighting any systemic issues with environmental regulation

Read More >>

Scotland’s hot weather spikes water demand by 200 million litres a day

People watering plants and filling paddling pools pushed the demand for water by 200 million litres a day last week, Scottish Water has said.

Read More >>

Morrison Construction partners with social enterprise on training initiative

Morrison Construction has partnered with GTS Solutions CIC (GTS), one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises, to launch a training initiative aimed at bringing more people into the industry.

Read More >>


To build a more profitable and sustainable industry new and smarter construction techniques are needed. Offsite is making construction leaner, greener and more efficient.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of Offsite in Scotland.

Offsite resources recommended for you this month:

Offsite Fundamentals -Systems – This interactive e-learning module provides an explanation of offsite, the common systems and materials used and the modern methods of construction hierarchy. Watch the Module>>

Offsite Procurement –  John Skivington, Direct at LHC provides an overview of offsite procurement in this short video. Watch the Video>>

CIRIA Offsite Standardisation and Pre- Assembly Toolkit –  This standardisation and pre-assembly procedure are applied through a series of reviews. Guidance on key issues for S&P workshops is also found in this tool. View the Toolkit>>


Recommended from Scotland

The School is working with partners and stakeholders on a series of new events for the Scottish Market taking place in Autumn 2021:

  • Offsite Virtual Conference – Focus on Timber Engineering with CATT (Centre for Advanced Timber Engineering) and Robertson Timber Engineering  21 October
  • Designing and Building Resilience into Infrastructure Projects with Nature Scot 28 October
  • Low Carbon Urban Regeneration in East Glasgow with Clyde Gateway and Scottish Water date TBC

The School is also contributing to the SP Energy Networks event “Sustainable Electricity Network of the Future” – due to take place during COP26

Keep your eyes peeled for further information on these and other new Scotland events coming up in the next few weeks! In the meantime, check out our full events page for all our training opportunities

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SSE Climate Academy

The School is working with SSE to deliver 5 workshops as part of a “Climate Academy” training series for their staff, as part of SSE being a key partner for COP26.

These workshops will take place during the period leading up to COP26. They will cover Climate Change, Net Zero, Adaptation, Biodiversity and Social Impact.

Introducing the School’s new Energy & Carbon E-learning Content

We have now developed and published four brand new resources on Climate Change and Carbon. Please take a look at these resources, inspired by our Leadership Group’s focus on carbon and the forthcoming COP26 taking place in Glasgow.

Get started today:

If you don’t measure, you can’t manage

Complete our free self assessment to get your bespoke action plan today. The benefit of assessing is that it provides a tailored action plan. This list of 10 resources tells you where you should focus your learning with direct links to top-quality materials…

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The Supply Chain Sustainability School Scotland Leadership Group represents a collaboration of prime contractors, utility companies, industry stakeholders, materials and service suppliers.

The group is comprised of procurement, operational and sustainability leads from several partner organisations:

  • Balfour Beatty
  • Morgan Sindall
  • BAM
  • Robertson
  • Marshalls
  • Elliott
  • Cementation Skanska
  • Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
  • Reconomy
  • Zero Waste Scotland
  • Scottish Water
  • SSE
  • SGN
  • SP Energy Networks
  • Siemens Mobility
  • CITB
  • Kier

Together, this group meet quarterly to lead and steer the direction of the School’s activities, resources and strategy for Scotland. Five priorities were set for 2021-2022:

  1. Build carbon literacy and measure impact on carbon reduction
  2. Standardise engagement and activation of priority suppliers
  3. Increase access to the School’s online learning 
  4. Increase membership across Scotland
  5. Develop new learning content and pathways for Scottish Market

The Leadership Group have been instrumental in creating new Learning Pathways on waste and resource efficiency for Scotland, and oversee the delivery of specific training aimed at the Scottish supply chain.

The Group’s next meeting is on 26 August. If you would like the Group to discuss any matter concerning the School, or are interested in joining the Group itself, please contact [email protected]

Top stories

New homes not ready for climate change – CCC

New homes are unsuitable for climate change, with more than 570,000 residential properties built since 2016 not able to withstand future high temperatures, according to an assessment led by the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

Find out more >>

UK’s first hydrogen-fuelled demonstration homes opened

Two homes fuelled entirely by hydrogen are being showcased to demonstrate the potential of the new energy supply in helping the United Kingdom decarbonise its housing.

Discover more >>

ilke announces mainstream zero carbon home

Modular housing company ilke Homes has unveiled its “mainstream” zero carbon home which it says will save consumers £1,000 a year with the promise of “zero bills”.

Read more >>

 

August’s Featured Topic: Offsite

To build a more profitable and sustainable industry new and smarter construction techniques are needed. Offsite is making construction leaner, greener and more efficient.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of Offsite in the Homes sector.

Offsite Fundamentals -Systems – This interactive e-learning module provides an explanation of offsite, the common systems and materials used and the modern methods of construction hierarchy. Watch the Module>>

Offsite Procurement –  John Skivington, Direct at LHC provides an overview of offsite procurement in this short video. Watch the Video>>

CIRIA Offsite Standardisation and Pre- Assembly Toolkit –  This standardisation and pre-assembly procedure are applied through a series of reviews. Guidance on key issues for S&P workshops is also found in this tool. View the Toolkit>>

Benchmark your Sustainability Knowledge

Want to understand your sustainability knowledge level, and know how that compares to others in the sector? It’s easy to find out… just take an assessment today with our FREE tool. It’s designed to help you, or your company, assess your current level of knowledge and identify strengths and hot spots.

Once you’ve assessed, you get a tailored action plan – this list of 10 resources tells you where to focus your learning.

ASSESS NOW >

Top stories

Circular economy could deliver 80% of UK’s next carbon budget

By embedding circular economy principles in major policy frameworks, the UK could deliver 80% of the additional emissions cuts needed to meet its Fifth Carbon Budget, which covers 2028-2032.

Read more >>

Demand for construction workers close to 20-year high

The staff shortage in construction is continuing to bite, with 33,000 job vacancies for the period of April to June according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Discover more >>

SBTi to increase minimum target-setting requirements to 1.5C

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is updating its strategic approach to increase the minimum ambition for corporate climate action from “well below 2C” to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, as envisioned by the Paris Agreement.

Find out more >>

 

August’s Featured Topic: Offsite

To build a more profitable and sustainable industry new and smarter construction techniques are needed. Offsite is making construction leaner, greener and more efficient.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of Offsite in the Construction sector.

Offsite Fundamentals -Systems – This interactive e-learning module provides an explanation of offsite, the common systems and materials used and the modern methods of construction hierarchy. Watch the Module>>

Offsite Procurement –  John Skivington, Direct at LHC provides an overview of offsite procurement in this short video. Watch the Video>>

CIRIA Offsite Standardisation and Pre- Assembly Toolkit –  This standardisation and pre-assembly procedure are applied through a series of reviews. Guidance on key issues for S&P workshops is also found in this tool. View the Toolkit>>

Benchmark your Sustainability Knowledge

Want to understand your sustainability knowledge level, and know how that compares to others in the sector? It’s easy to find out… just take an assessment today with our FREE tool. It’s designed to help you, or your company, assess your current level of knowledge and identify strengths and hot spots.

Once you’ve assessed, you get a tailored action plan – this list of 10 resources tells you where to focus your learning.

ASSESS NOW >

We are pleased to announce that Colas Rail has become the latest Partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School

Having been a member since 2014, Colas Rail has taken the next step and joined the School as a Partner and to collaborate with their colleagues and drive sustainability across the built environment supply chain.

The School is delighted to welcome Colas Rail on board and look forward to working with them.

Our Partner organisations are committed to building sustainability skills and knowledge across the industry. This will help us to safeguard the future of the UK’s built environment and ensure that it is fairer, greener, and more robust.

The School is committed to working alongside our Partners to support us all in our objective to “build back better”.

Find out more:

FM Market Update: August 2021

 

Top stories for FM this month:

 

Circular Economy Investment grows but more needed:

Chatham House reports that Governments, investors and corporates collectively funnel more than $1.3trn annually into circular economy initiatives, but this is just a fraction of the money that is currently spent on linear methods of consumption and resource use. Find out More>>

Putting on a front:

Faced with so much disruption to traditional working patterns, what provisions can front of house specialists make to support new ways of welcoming people into the workplace? Learn More>>

What is next for Offices?:

The forced adoption of remote working has created opportunities, but is also exposing new social risks, according to JLL, which has been avidly measuring the effects of the disruption over the past year as workers adapted to homeworking. Read More>>


August’s featured topic: Offsite

To build a more profitable and sustainable industry new and smarter construction techniques are needed. Offsite is making construction leaner, greener and more efficient.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of Offsite in the FM sector.

Offsite resources recommended for you this month:

Offsite Fundamentals -Systems – This interactive e-learning module provides an explanation of offsite, the common systems and materials used and the modern methods of construction hierarchy. Watch the Module>>

Offsite Procurement –  John Skivington, Direct at LHC provides an overview of offsite procurement in this short video. Watch the Video>>

CIRIA Offsite Standardisation and Pre- Assembly Toolkit –  This standardisation and pre-assembly procedure are applied through a series of reviews. Guidance on key issues for S&P workshops is also found in this tool. View the Toolkit>>


Self Care Lunch ‘n’ Learn 

Join us on the 19th August from 12:00pm -13:00pm at our Self Care Lunch ‘n’ Learn!

This Lunch n Learn will provide you with an understanding of how self-care practices can improve our lives. Learning, observing and engaging in self-care is a key life skill which helps us stay focused, feel happier and often lends itself to a better work-life balance. Understand practical ways to create self-care into our everyday lives to help us look after our minds and bodies and help us function at our best.

REGISTER NOW >

If you have questions about FM or the School please contact [email protected]

Wales Market Update: August 2021

 

Top stories for Wales this month:

 

Kickstarting jobs at Brecon Beacons National Park:

The Brecon Beacons National Park Authority has created six job placements for young people through the government-funded Kickstart Scheme, in partnership with NPTC group of colleges. Find out More>>

Introduction to Sell2Wales quick quotes, Business Wales support for SMEs :

Business Wales/Sell2Wales are supporting CEW to deliver Introduction to Sell 2 Wales Quick Quote, Business Wales Support for SME’s. This session is taking place on the 7th September from 12:00pm -13:00pm. Register Here>>

Future Generations Newsletter 2021:

This Future Generations newsletter looks at a long term decarbonisation plans for homes in Wales and the Wellbeing of the Future Generations Act. Read More>>


August’s  featured topic: Offsite

To build a more profitable and sustainable industry new and smarter construction techniques are needed. Offsite is making construction leaner, greener and more efficient.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of Offsite in Wales.

Offsite resources recommended for you this month:

Offsite Fundamentals -Systems – This interactive e-learning module provides an explanation of offsite, the common systems and materials used and the modern methods of construction hierarchy. Watch the Module>>

Offsite Procurement –  John Skivington, Direct at LHC provides an overview of offsite procurement in this short video. Watch the Video>>

CIRIA Offsite Standardisation and Pre- Assembly Toolkit –  This standardisation and pre-assembly procedure are applied through a series of reviews. Guidance on key issues for S&P workshops is also found in this tool. View the Toolkit>>


Benchmark your Sustainability knowledge!

Our free Maturity Matrix tool has been designed to help you assess your company’s current Sustainability strengths and to identify the areas in which you can develop your competencies.

The assessment will help to benchmark your current knowledge of sustainability topics and then generate a tailored action plan. This list of 10 resources tells you where your company should focus learning, with direct links to top resources. Get started today! 

ASSESS NOW >

 

If you have questions about Wales or the School please contact [email protected]

Infrastructure Market Update: August 2021

 

Top stories for Infrastructure this month:

 

Highways England sets out ambitious Net Zero Carbon Strategy:

Highways England announce their Corporate emissions, Maintenance & Construction emissions and Road user emissions in their Net Zero Carbon strategy. Find out More>>

Natural England sets outs ‘Defra 3’ biodiversity net gain metric :

Natural England launches the finalised metric, known as ‘Defra 3.0’, which will accompany the forthcoming Environment Bill. The metric provides a way of quantifying the habitat value of a site pre and post development with a proposed requirement that all development sites must achieve at least a 10% net gain post development. Read More>>

Supply Chain Sustainability School is shortlisted for two Construction News Awards:

The Supply Chain Sustainability School has been shortlisted in two categories at the Construction News Awards, Outstanding Contribution to the Industry and Supply Chain Excellence with Highways England. Find out More>>


August’s featured topic: Offsite

To build a more profitable and sustainable industry new and smarter construction techniques are needed. Offsite is making construction leaner, greener and more efficient.

Take a look at the selected resources below to start to develop your understanding on the importance of Offsite in the Infrastructure sector.

Offsite resources recommended for you this month:

Offsite Fundamentals -Systems – This interactive e-learning module provides an explanation of offsite, the common systems and materials used and the modern methods of construction hierarchy. Watch the Module>>

Offsite Procurement –  John Skivington, Direct at LHC provides an overview of offsite procurement in this short video. Watch the Video>>

CIRIA Offsite Standardisation and Pre- Assembly Toolkit –  This standardisation and pre-assembly procedure are applied through a series of reviews. Guidance on key issues for S&P workshops is also found in this tool. View the Toolkit>>


Nudge Theory Lunch ‘n’ Learn

Join us on the 18th August from 11:00am -12:00pm at our Nudge Theory Lunch ‘n’ Learn!

This webinar provides an introduction to using behavioural science, or nudge theory, to drive sustainability improvements in an organisation.

By attending this session you will:

  • Understand the key concepts and principles of altering behaviour using behavioural science insights or ‘nudge theory’
  • Recognise how to apply this approach to sustainability problems
  • Be given examples some nudges that have been shown to make people behave more sustainably
  • Learn to design your own ‘nudges’ to drive sustainability improvements in your workplace
REGISTER NOW >

If you have questions about Infrastructure or the School please contact [email protected]

We are pleased to announce that Keepmoat Homes has become the latest Partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School

Having been a member since 2013, Keepmoat Homes has taken the next step and joined the School as a Partner and to collaborate with their colleagues and drive sustainability across the built environment supply chain.

The School is delighted to welcome Keepmoat Homes on board and look forward to working with them.

Our Partner organisations are committed to building sustainability skills and knowledge across the industry. This will help us to safeguard the future of the UK’s built environment and ensure that it is fairer, greener, and more robust.

The School is committed to working alongside our Partners to support us all in our objective to “build back better”.

Find out more:

We are pleased to announce that Social Value Portal has become the latest Partner of the Supply Chain Sustainability School

Social Value Portal has taken the next step and joined the School as a Partner and to collaborate with their colleagues and drive sustainability across the built environment supply chain.

The School is delighted to welcome Social Value on board and look forward to working with them.

Our Partner organisations are committed to building sustainability skills and knowledge across the industry. This will help us to safeguard the future of the UK’s built environment and ensure that it is fairer, greener, and more robust.

The School is committed to working alongside our Partners to support us all in our objective to “build back better”.

Find out more:

The Supply Chain Sustainability School, a multi-award-winning initiative which represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains, has today released its Fairness, Inclusion & Respect (FIR) Annual Culture Report. The full report can be found here.

The School surveyed over 800 of its members across the country, to get their thoughts on the FIR Programme and how the FIR agenda is progressing within the built environment. Mark Lomas, Head of EDI at HS2 Ltd, said: “It’s great to see organisations responding to the FIR survey, giving great insight into EDI across the sector.”

The report also offered insights on how the School has continued to positively impact organisations and supply chains, reinforcing the School’s mission to be the world-class collaboration enabling a sustainable and fair built environment.

With over fifty thousand registered users, the School provides free practical learning and support for the UK built environment, through sustainability training, networking, e-learning modules, tailored assessments, and online resources. The FIR resources are becoming increasingly popular as FIR sits higher on the agenda for many organisations in the industry.

Members of the School anonymously stated that the FIR Programme offered “huge benefits for [their] business and life in general” and enabled companies to easily introduce initiatives such as “inclusion moments […] largely due to the influence of FIR ambassadors within the company pushing the initiative.”

COVID-19 forced the Supply Chain Sustainability School to move all learning online, resulting in the FIR Programme seeing an increase of 66% of members completing e-learning modules over the past year, and many members accessing FIR online workshops and webinars.

Organisations are becoming more conscious of FIR and its benefits to people, profit and enabling a sustainable business model. The School has been identified as a powerful tool to help organisations embed sustainability into their business practices.

The FIR survey showed that 55% of businesses felt the FIR Programme helped them win new business, and 58% believe it enabled an improvement in productivity. Furthermore, 62% of respondents feel that the FIR Programme supported their business to retain talent, and 73% felt FIR helps to improve stakeholder engagement.

Lucie Wright, Careers Strategy Manager at CITB, said: “More and more construction employers are seeing the benefits in productivity and winning new business that the Fairness, Inclusion and Respect training brings. A workplace that works for everyone will also help retain employees into the future, particularly important during a period of labour shortage, and I would encourage employers to visit the Supply Chain School website to see what free training is available.”

The quality of training provided by the FIR Programme has been higher than ever this year. An average of 96% of respondents rated the workshops and materials as “excellent” or “good”, compared with last year’s figure of 91%. There was also a strong impact on individuals, as exhibited by the 89% of respondents who felt they were empowered to deal with FIR issues more effectively as a result of the FIR Programme. A massive 82% of members also felt they had the confidence to challenge poor behaviours in the workplace.

Paul Aldridge, Director at WJ Group, said: “This year’s survey demonstrates how people want, need even, to work for organisations with good Fairness, Inclusion and Respect credentials. It shows areas we need to improve and that to be high performing organisations, we need to nurture all our people and allow them to thrive in a psychologically safe, inclusive space. By doing so, we can harvest the business benefits FIR will accrue; improved productivity, safety and collaboration, new business, better staff retention, stakeholder and community engagement.”

The School is part-funded by CITB and industry Partners, with the direction of the School being led by over 125 Partners – working in collaboration, they share knowledge and free resources to inspire the UK built environment to drive positive change.

We’re pleased to announce that we are industry partners of this year’s Offsite Expo, which will be held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 21st and 22nd September. Our sector experts will be taking part in masterclasses on Training & Skills and Digital innovation, and attendees will also be able to check out our ‘Offsite for Everyone’ workshops focused on a range of job roles. We will be sharing registration links for these workshops over the next couple of weeks, but for now make sure you register for your free place at the conference here.

DfMA Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work

A key project of our Offsite group this year, the new DfMA Overlay is coming along well, and has raised some interesting discussions. We’ll be launching the Overlay in a virtual conference with keynote speaker Mark Farmer and other expert panellists on the 15th September, so make a note in your diary and we will release the registration link soon.

Offsite training needs assessment

Another project for this year is updating the School’s Offsite training needs assessment, which we decided was in need of a refresh. The new assessment will be more similar to our Digital assessment, with descriptive maturity statements so learners can more easily benchmark their knowledge level. We hope to launch this in the next couple of months.

Upcoming training sessions

  • Offsite for Project Managers Workshop, 13th July 1-4PM. Register now
  • Construction Playbook: An Offsite Response Lunch ‘n’ Learn, 20th July, 1-2PM. Register now
  • Offsite Fundamentals Workshop, 4th August, 1-4PM. Register now
  • Offsite for Quantity Surveyors and Cost Consultants Workshop, 7th September, 9AM-12PM. Register now.

In case you missed it…

We joined forces with the Smart Construction Network on 22 June for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of play of homes retrofit in the UK, with some fantastic speakers. You can catch up via the recording which is now available on our YouTube channel. Watch now

Offsite resources recommended for you this month

NEW: CIRIA Offsite Standardisation and Pre-Assembly Toolkit – we found this a really useful resource to help facilitate the development of a project-wide strategy for pre-assembly. Get started

NEW: Construction Playbook Webinar Recording – we were joined recently by John Handscombe from Akerlof for a discussion on the government’s Construction Playbook. Watch video

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The Supply Chain Sustainability School Homes leadership group represents a collaboration of homebuilders and their key suppliers. The group is comprised of procurement and sustainability leads from partner organisations, including the top 10 UK homebuilders, alongside the Home Builders Federation and CITB. Together, this group lead and steer the direction of the Homes market within the School.

A key focus for the group this year is to harness the opportunity to work collaboratively to upskill the supply chain and create some common sustainability learning pathways for groundworks companies.

2 pathways are in development as follows:

  • Level 1 provides a quick overview of all those high priority sustainability issues relevant to groundworks companies using a range of sustainability shorts and toolbox talks, together with the interactive e-learning module on Sustainability in Groundworks. It explains what the issues are, why they’re important, together with handy hints and practical tips on how to address them. The pathway will be suitable for anyone working in a groundworks company, including new entrants, procurement, site managers, bid teams, plant, engineering.
  • Level 2 provides a more detailed insight into those high priority sustainability issues relevant to groundworks companies. It explains what the issues are, the business case, client drivers and expectations, together with practical advice on how to tackle these. Target job roles include senior managers, procurement, site managers, business development and plant teams.

Are you a groundworks company? If so, we’d love to discuss these pathways with you and get your views before we launch them later in the year. Contact Emma Jane Allen.