UK Green Building Council
Sustainability is a broad yet complex term used more frequently to describe a manner of different topics; its importance within the construction industry is defined by the Green Construction Board: ‘Sustainable buildings are designed and constructed to high environmental standards and thereby minimise energy requirements, reduce water consumption, use materials which are of low environmental impact (e.g. low embodied energy/carbon) and resource efficient, reduce wastage, conserve/enhance the natural environment and safeguard human health and wellbeing. The construction industry has a vital role to play in consistently designing, constructing and maintaining buildings that deliver these outcomes, providing healthy places for people to live and work. ‘
The topic of sustainability within the construction industry covers many facets:
- Sustainable sourcing of materials using recognised accreditation schemes
- Embedding sustainability principles throughout the construction industry supply chain
- Using sustainability principles throughout the construction process in design, operations and handover to the occupants
- Ensuring that our communities are designed sustainably, integrating natural and social capital to ensure we lead healthier and productive lives
In line with our business objective to raise Osborne’s profile in the area of sustainability we have joined the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) as a Gold Leaf member. Launched in 2007, the UK-GBC is a charity and membership organisation which campaigns for a sustainable built environment. It has a diverse membership of more than 400 organisations spanning the entire built environment and is part of the World GBC network, a global coalition of more than 100 national Green Building Councils around the world.
Our commitment entitles us exclusive use of the Gold Leaf Member logo, demonstrating the high level of commitment to our campaign to current and future clients. The aims of the UK-GBC are to inspire best practice and leadership, influence government and policy, and to impact on members’ sustainability performance. The UK-GBC will provide a wider forum for Osborne’s opinion on the impact of proposed regulatory and legislative changes to promoting more sustainable solutions within the built environment.
As a Gold Leaf member, we are participating in the UK-GBC Low Carbon Infrastructure research project which aims to map current infrastructure client’s carbon target setting practices and to identify the impact of these targets. Our involvement means that our top clients have participated in the research, giving us a better understanding of how to best meet their requirements. It is hoped that as a consequence of this, clients and projects will have an increased confidence in setting carbon targets and as a result that they will adopt a common approach, hopefully using PAS2080 principles, across the sector.
We all understand that we have a part to play in creating a sustainable built environment and it is our industry that can help set a more sustainable path for the future without compromising the needs of those today or in years to come. Our aim is that working with UK-GBC will enable the industry to realise carbon, and cost, reductions.