But to meet this need, the green innovation stakes must be raised higher within the construction supply chain. Our research shows that almost a third (30%) of construction workers state the need for more sustainable product development as the biggest priority for construction material manufacturers. In terms of the criteria, 26% call for building more with less, 23% state low carbon footprint, 22% state recycled content, 18% call for sustainable drainage/flood defence and 12% would like to see extended life/durability.
Importantly though, it isn’t just about manufacturing greener but providing both the visibility and understanding behind it. For four in five (79%), in fact, reliable and certified data/traceability information is important in product specification. A further four in five (80%) also want to understand the low carbon data of the products they purchase.
There is also a greater need for education from suppliers in this field, with a quarter (26%) of our respondents calling for demonstrations, 22% mentioning technical expertise and 17% stating the case for CPDS/training. 92% would like suppliers to provide more EPDs.
Clearly then, the good news is construction is gradually becoming more sustainable despite many conflicting goals and complex challenges associated with the built environment. Demonstrably too, more than ever, those operating in the sector and on the front line of tomorrow’s builds feel an acute sense of responsibility for the sustainability plight.