We are now some 9 months away from Green Deal going live in the UK. Whether or not the initiative meets its very ambitous, even courageous aims, and manages to unravel its complexities and confusions, be assured Green Deal could be very successful and instrumental in changing and hopefully improving our industry.
How? My thoughts …
Re-Igniting the sustainability debate in construction, particularly in areas of the industry not as yet engaged with sustainable construction.
Forcing an open and general debate about eco and energy performance of our buildings. (Some of which have been completed recently in the last decade, when we have all been building and upgrading sustainably, or not?)
Creating the need for a total review of education and training in the industry. Are we really only now debating just what is a green skill and how we train for building green.
Revisiting collaborative working relationships in the built environment. Will we see new look consortia comprising of funders, clients, builders, energy providers, renewable energy companies and more. Who will lead?
Redefining the client – the building owner, the green deal provider, or the funder of the eco improvements.
Cutting through Green Wash in construction. Could PAS 2030 be seen as a green build standard in the UK providing some form of green accreditation for all eco work, whether Green Deal or not.
So, to those who think that green deal does not apply to them, I would urge you to find out more – its possible the green deal concepts will reach into most areas of the built environment.