The local Preston Model for ‘guerilla localism’ has received coverage in the Guardian over the last month or so. For those interested in how localism approaches can favour SME’s rather than out-of-town large investors, these reports make good reading.
In 2011 Preston hit rock bottom. Then it took back control
The Preston model – event review: ‘Cities are looking to us for hope’
Related: in the light of Carillion collapse, Nottingham City framework will be broken down into smaller packages to favour smaller construction organisations in the region.
Related: my LinkedIn article Co-Benefits of Built Environment.
Construction ‘localism’ is currently high on the agenda. And set to grow in importance.
There is, rightly, much talk and focus on localism within construction projects and frameworks at the moment, based on the principle of keeping project spend local. And of course realising other benefits such as reduced travel and transport distances, reduced carbon emission, improved productivity and more.
But how do we compare and benchmark ‘localism’? How local is your project? As a client how can you know if your contractor is addressing your ‘localism’ requirements?
The benchmark being set through ConstructCO2 can provide a starting point. How do you compare? Do you know your project stats?
Measuring and understanding your localism (and CO2) footprint must be a key measure, a KPI, as part of your sustainability and CSR programme. Going beyond the measuring it’s essential we monitor trends, make the comparisons, understand the causes and, take action.
It is one of the more important impact and influence areas your construction project has on sustainability and the environment.
For more on measuring your construction project carbons and project localism check out constructco2 or please do get in touch.
Our construction carbon tool, Constructco2, through its ability to monitor a projects supply footprint is throwing up some interesting issues:
Take a look at a project footprint that has a focus on localism – ie in keeping material, supplier, management and even waste transportation as close as possible to the project:
And then one that doesn’t (which is actually less in construction value):
Across the 80 or so projects on the site we can start to see the travel pattern for materials, people and waste, and how close to the project …
All this starts to position Constructco2 as a possible valuable CSR tool and indicator, monitoring impact of projects on local communities, and starting to raise issues of procurement, appropriate sourcing / specification as well as good on site project management housekeeping
These notes are extracted from my recent ConstructCO2 presentation that is available to view on slideshare.
For more on information please get in touch or visit Constructco2,and follow links.