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Transforming Construction for a Low Carbon Future

- NFB Major Contractors Group

  Call to Arms

“This report is a call to arms. It represents the start of a transformation in the construction industry in which main contractors will play a critical role, alongside a Government willing to support the industry through regulation, guidance and funding. Massive carbon reduction will not just happen: it requires great commitment, vision and determination - and the time to start is now.”  The Executive Summary below tempts serious professionals to read the full report.

  47% of all emissions influenced

Climate change is the major issue of our time. No individual or organisation is immune to the challenges it presents and everyone has a role to play in combating it. Construction, however, has a greater role than most. The industry represents 10% of UK carbon emissions and directly influences 47% of all national emissions. 

   Great Responsibility

This puts the industry in a position of great responsibility and influence. This report is designed to kick- start the industry, and in particular main contractors, into action. It is high time that there was an injection of urgency into the way construction contributes to the war on carbon.

   Great Opportunity

Great responsibility comes with great opportunity. Given the sheer magnitude of what is required to meet the target of net zero emissions of global warming gases by 2050, it will be impossible to succeed by continuing to operate in the same way. A step-change is required and it is those companies that are willing to commit to transforming their businesses within a generation who will be in a position to build their prosperity in a new landscape full of new markets and new approaches.

   Low Carbon Gatekeepers

Main contractors are the gatekeepers to a low-carbon future. It is main contractors who can drive change in partnership with their supply chains and their forward-thinking clients

   £15b p.a. to reduce emissions

Domestic housing will require a government spend of £15 billion each year to reduce carbon emissions and the MCG proposes that an existing certification scheme is adapted to promote and manage the design and retrofit of carbon saving technology. Industrial and commercial property and infrastructure requires £5-10 billion a year and this can only be achieved through Government procurement and through the urgent development of tools to accurately measure carbon use. Only then can companies understand their carbon footprint and how to reduce it.

   Green Initiative Drivers

It must be noted that although many green initiatives will be driven by regulation and customer demand, businesses should also be looking at how to win hearts and minds. Green initiatives can save money and are good for the bottom line; going green is good for staff morale and new recruitment; and a socially aware, sustainable approach helps companies forge a valued place in their communities.

  Multifaceted Transformation

The transformation required in the construction industry is multi-faceted and it is critical that Industry and Government take a joined-up approach to bring together developments in skills, procurement, design, products and materials, transport and more.

   Vision & Determination

This report is a call to arms. It represents the start of a transformation in the construction industry in which main contractors will play a critical role, alongside a Government willing to support the industry through regulation, guidance and funding. Massive carbon reduction will not just happen; it requires great commitment, vision and determination - and the time to start is now.
Read full Report

   'Low Energy Buildings' - the key

After many years promoting ‘Low Energy Buildings’, it’s great to hear Mark Carney’s intervention. And to know that we are absolutely in the right place, both to help you, your buyers or tenants, and to press on with our business innovations and developments. This really requires engaging the whole team responsible for delivery on time and within budget. It requires a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing  information and communications. DfMA defines the process of taking these to the next level; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development.

   Partnering for Progress

All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced available by established 'Off-Site' manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits. 

   Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs

Greater collaborative 'partnering' between architects, builders and  manufacturers will accomplish this The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) 'Smart Ware'  gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.

   Resistance Disappearing

While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as 'OffSite Hub' note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something w have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.

   Easy Timber Frame

To assist them in doing so our "Easy Timber Frame" now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results.

   Better all-round Savings

Our specialist services and CUSTOM homes division deliver best value and  protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems also reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling, They also deliver better value for you and your customers.
Call us to arrange a factory visit and discuss your ideas and needs with our in-house team of professionals for your next project. You'll be glad you did!
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