Revised CLC strategy prioritizes net zero and skills

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has announced that it will refocus its work under a strategy launched today to guide it over the next three years.

The trade body said it would focus its efforts on four long-term ambitions to deliver “transformational change”, while outlining its intentions to “drive productivity and create a more resilient industry” post-pandemic:

• net zero and biodiversity;
• next generation delivery;
• building security; and
• people and skills.

In the webinar slides explaining its new priorities, the CLC promised to leverage the expertise of the Construction Industry Council’s (CIC) Green Building Council to “take action” to reach net zero.

Minimizing the carbon impact of projects throughout their life cycle, in particular by examining the use of steel and cement in buildings, was one of the pillars of Green Construction’s nine “Build Zero” priorities. Board.

Rolling out the acceleration of zero-emission vehicles to contractors is another goal the CLC is adopting as part of its new three-year goal.

The CLC also said it would seek to play a role in helping the sector improve building safety by supporting the delivery of the ‘golden thread’, which was introduced as part of the Building Safety Act. earlier this year.

The “Golden Thread” supports the collection of key information to help workers understand how to keep buildings safe through an information management system to ensure information is accurate, easily understood, accessible to those who need it and up to date.

Talk to Building News Commenting on this priority, CLC Co-Chair Mark Reynolds said, “Building safety is a real issue for the industry. We have to defend this for the industry [and to ensure] high quality developments.

“It will be a bumpy ride over the next few years, [but] we need to help the industry navigate it. It’s easy to say “follow the building rules”. [However]it is difficult for the industry to understand what this means.

Reynolds, who also insisted on NC the need for the CLC to work with all parts of the sector, also underlined the need to improve training for the industry, and said it would “be responsible” on this.

“Skills are really about making sure we have the ability and capacity to generate economic growth. You wouldn’t ask an athlete to go out and perform if they weren’t training,” he said.

Reynolds said the CLC will move competencies from its building safety work stream and place them under the competency umbrella to reflect the importance of this program.

He also said that the new strategy places less emphasis on exports and trade than before.

“It was a key pillar of CLC’s 2013 strategy,” he said. “We didn’t really push it during Andy’s tenure, and this time we agreed to take the issue off our agenda. The Department for International Trade is doing a good job on that, we haven’t need to duplicate it.

Along with its four priorities, the CLC has recognized the “more immediate challenges” facing the sector and is committed to addressing these areas. They include mitigating the effects of inflation and corporate sustainability and insolvency issues.

The CLC will appoint a new Board of Directors to provide strategic direction to the board and ensure that the CLC, government and industry are set up for delivery.

He also announced his intention to recruit “industry sponsors and young ambassadors” to sit on his new structure, which will allow the group to increase its engagement with senior business leaders in the sector.

Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) CEO Stephen Marcos Jones said the trade body looked forward to working collectively with CLC to strengthen the sector.

He said, “We are pleased to support the new strategy that will help the CLC meet the new challenges that we now collectively face. This includes meeting our net zero emissions and biodiversity goals, next generation delivery, building safety, and human resources and skills.

“ACE’s three-year master plan, which we recently released, outlines our own complementary approach to this changing environment.

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