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Construction Market Update: September 2021

Sustainability in Construction

Published 23rd Aug 21 - by sophiecoyle

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IPCC climate report: construction responds to ‘code red’ warning

Major construction firms have warned the industry needs to decarbonise rapidly in the wake of a ‘code red’ report on climate change.

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UK Hydrogen Strategy published, with Government targeting £4bn of private investment by 2030

The UK Government has today (17 August) published its much-awaited Hydrogen Strategy, outlining plans to unlock £4bn of investment in blue and green generation, storage and usage this decade.

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SMEs ‘finding ways round’ material shortages

Construction SMEs are finding solutions to address material shortages, despite the widespread effect they have had on the industry over the past year



September Featured Topic: Sustainable Procurement

Built environment projects with major contractors can pass up to 80% of spending through to their supply chain. Subsequently, sustainable procurement is a critical part of client and contractor policies and strategies, which is often reflected in tendering processes. Find out more about this topic with the recommended resources below…

Upcoming virtual training: Sustainable Procurement Lunch ‘n’ Learn

A 1 hour Lunch ‘n’ Learn to provide you with an understanding about Sustainable Procurement and the ISO 20400 standard as a framework for embedding sustainability.

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Recommended Construction resource: The Social Value Model – PPN06/20

Government has defined social value through a series of priority themes and policy outcomes which are important to deliver through government’s commercial activities. The Social Value Model provides a consistent approach for departments and suppliers and helps to streamline and standardise the procurement process.

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More recommended resources:

What is Whole Life Costing

An introduction to the concept of whole life costing by Wilmott Dixon

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How to be a Responsible Supplier

Advice on what small businesses need to understand about clients who are using the new ISO standard for sustainable procurement – ISO20400

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SDGs and Decision Making

Research Paper from the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey

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