All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment Inquiry into Sustainable Construction and the Green Deal – Commission Members and Evidence Sessions Announced
The All Party Parliamentary Committee for Excellence in the Built Environment will begin taking evidence this month for its far-reaching Commission of Inquiry into Sustainable Construction and the Green Deal. The aim of the inquiry is to determine best practice, challenges and barriers to sustainability in the built environment.
Experts will present their evidence to the APPG for EBE Commission of Inquiry made up of members of both Houses of Parliament, senior members of the construction professions and key influencers and decision makers in other aspects of society. The Commission will be chaired by Oliver Colvile MP. Other members are: Peter Aldous MP, John Alker, Sir John Armitt CBE, Patrick Bellew, Peter Bonfield OBE, The Earl of Lytton (Vice Chair), Jack Pringle, Rt. Hon. Nick Raynsford MP (Vice Chair), Andrew Stunell MP, Lord Teverson.
Buildings account for nearly 50% of all carbon dioxide emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of our new and existing buildings is vital if the UK is to reach its ambitious carbon reduction targets. In the last five years the UK government and the EU has introduced a raft of legislation to further these aims. This includes the code for sustainable homes, more stringent building regulations and the Green Deal - the instrument intended to kick start a revolution in retrofitting.
The first session of the Commission will be held on Monday 15th April 2013 with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), NEES (Natural Energy Efficient Sustainable) and UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) presenting evidence. This will be followed by sessions on 22nd April, 29th April and 13th May 2013. The report is expected to be published in the summer.
This will be the Committee's second report. In September 2012 it published A better deal for public building, which set out a number of measures for improving construction procurement, including adopting the 2012 Construction Commitments on all public building projects over £100m.
The Construction Industry Council acts as Secretariat to the Group.