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New UK-GBC boss calls for green construction drive

New UK-GBC boss calls for green construction drive

31 January 2015 Email this article

Julie Hirigoyen, the new chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), has urged green construction firms to work towards the mass roll-out of sustainable property solutions.

She welcomed the fact that sustainability has risen up the corporate agenda to become a “mainstream concern for many organisations involved in the built environment” but argued that more must be done to support the construction of more sustainable buildings.

She said: “The next step requires mass uptake of sustainability solutions across the entire property lifecycle, breaking down silos and deploying systems-thinking to achieve radical change. I am truly excited to tackle this challenge.”

Sustainability has played a growing role within the UK’s building industry, with the Government launching initiatives such as the Green Deal and Energy Performance Certificates in an effort to lower carbon emissions.

Towards the close of last year, the UK-GBC highlighted the potential economic value of energy efficiency measures.

In a report launched alongside Energy Bill Revolution and E3G, it said that for each £1 invested in a national efficiency programme by the Government, a sum of £3.20 might be returned through increased GDP.