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Industry action plans aim to improve sustainability

The construction industry currently contributes a third of the UK’s annual waste. Now five new action plans aim to reduce that waste by looking closely at products that have a significant impact on the environment.

According to the Government’s waste and resources action programme (WRAP), we should all be using natural resources efficiently, as many times as possible while minimising their impact on the environment. This is the thinking behind some new action plans launched in October, which aim to make the construction industry more sustainable by reducing the amount of waste it produces. The five action plans are:

  • The Plasterboard Sustainability Action Plan
  • The Windows Sustainability Action Plan
  • The Joinery Resource Efficiency Action Plan
  • The Flooring Resource Efficiency Action Plan and
  • The Construction Products Packaging Resource Efficiency Action Plan

Each of the plans examines and documents the impact of a particular type of construction material throughout its whole lifecycle. Each plan identifies the actions being taken to make the material more sustainable and highlights areas where more work is needed.

The plasterboard and windows action plans have resulted from a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs funded collaboration with the construction industry as part of its Sustainable Consumption and Production programme. The remaining action plans were produced as part of the Strategy for Sustainable Construction supported by the Construction Products Association and were funded by WRAP and the Building Research Establishment Trust.

 For more information go to www.wrap.org.uk

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