Mar 182012
 

Project The Northwest Construction Knowledge Hub
Partners University of Salford – Centre for Construction Innovation (lead), Building Research Establishment, UCLAN, University of Liverpool and Urban Vision
Lifetime 2009 – 2012
Funding NWDA / ERDF / public sector £6m
The vision was: less carbon, less waste, more jobs by giving small construction firms in the Northwest the knowledge to better manage their carbon and waste impacts.  Small firms need this knowledge to win more work, make buildings greener, create new jobs, and play their part in our journey to a new, low-carbon prosperous economy.The project aimed to build capacity within construction sector SMEs by knowledge transfer in construction services and practices that reduce environmental impact. Support was provided to assist businesses to become more profitable, more productive and economically stable.  It included demonstration projects, development of KPIs and benchmarking, awareness raising and specialist one to one business support. The objective of the project was to gear up and enable the construction sector to respond to the opportunities and threats posed by climate change and increased regulation and the Government’s sustainability drivers – resulting in a more competitive sector.
Forecast Outputs 265 jobs created or safeguarded150 businesses assistedCarbon dioxide saved 1,140 tonnes; waste diverted 1,500,000 tonnes
Lessons learned At time of writing, this project is still underway and so it is premature to reflect on lessons learned.
Future outlook The partners involved in delivering this project all have a number of successful initiatives targeting the construction sector.  It is hoped that these partners will continue to work in collaboration to improve resource efficiency in the construction sector.
Links North West Construction Knowledge Hub
NW Construction And Demolition Waste Survey 2007
NW Construction And Demolition Waste Survey 2007
NW Construction and Demolition Waste Survey 2007.DOC
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