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New awards promote sustainable schemes

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A SCHEME to recognise environmental excellence and sustainability in civil engineering projects is about to be trialled by the ICE.

The ICE Civil Engineering Quality Assessment & Award (CEEQUAL) scheme will be the first award-based incentive for assessing and comparing the environmental quality of civil engineering projects. It is intended to deliver improved environmental performance throughout the whole project cycle.

The ICE is hoping many major UK civils clients will make the awards an integral part of their procurement process.

It has drawn a parallel between CEEQUAL and the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), used in the selection of designers for architectural projects.

Around a dozen major UK clients have been involved in development of the scheme, explained ICE assistant director of engineering John Bennett. 'A number have said they would like to use it as a selection mechanism, ' he said.

The scheme will differ from and complement the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process by focusing on what is actually built and how it is built. EIAs are carried out during planning and design phases, influencing but not dictating construction.

A draft manual sets out 13 criteria for assessment, ranging from land use, use of materials and waste management, to nuisance to neighbours and community relations.

Trials of the scheme are set to begin in August, with the launch due for early February 2002.

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