Construction projects and buildings

This section helps you find and understand the official Government Buying Standards for construction projects as well as some of the key products involved in refurbishment and facilities management – from central heating systems and air conditioning, to everyday ‘hardware’ products such as light bulbs and paints.

What does sustainability mean for construction projects and construction and hardware products?

Careful construction is one of the most effective ways to reduce energy consumption on almost any site. While new premises can set incredible standards of energy economy, there are major targets for increasing energy efficiency throughout the Government estate.

This section includes the mandated Government standard for the overall environmental impact of a building project, whether new-build or major refurbishment.

It also covers some of the key products related to construction that can have a major impact on energy and water use, from small purchases such as light bulbs to significant projects, such as heating or glazing.

While these larger projects may require substantial outlay up front, they can have a massive impact on energy bills further down the line.

For more detailed guidance on how to make sustainable choices when specifying construction materials and components – including external walls, internal walls and partitions, roofs, ground floors, upper floors, floor finishes, windows, and insulation – see the BRE Green Giude to specification.

For the procurement of water-efficient buildings, see guidance and model clauses developed by WRAP for use in procuring design, construction and facilities management services.

ECA guidance

The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme is a key part of the Government’s programme to manage climate change. It provides businesses with enhanced tax relief for investments in equipment that meet the energy-saving criteria. Many of the products in this section qualify for ECA tax relief: where this is the case, you’ll see a link to the full ECA guidance on the relevant page.

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Page last modified: 1 June, 2011

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