FUNDING FOR a sustainabilty task force was pledged by the Government this week.
The group will be formed by contractors' body the Construction Confederation. CC president Sir Martin Laing, who is heading the group, would not disclose how much cash was on offer from the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions, or how it would be spent. However, it is likely the group will kick start its one year research programme with some front end consultancy.
It will also need further funding as research nears completion to produce a 'tool-kit' setting out codes of good practice, establishing benchmarks, and to encourage corporate and sectoral green auditing.
Laing said the group would be modelling itself on the Movement for Innovation programme, now monitoring progress on the Egan-inspired demonstration projects. The group is aiming to set sustainability performance criteria against which demonstration projects could be measured.
M4I chairman Alan Crane said last month that key performance indicators for measuring sustainable construction were proving hard to develop (NCE 25 March).
The CC group also includes representatives from Blue Circle, Crown House and Ove Arup, as well as the DETR, and pressure groups Environmental Governance and Forum for the Future.