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Useful Organisations

There are many organisations that can provide information and support on all of the sustainable building themes.  This page has been included as a form of directory for use by the construction sector. 

There are organisations listed under the following headings:
- Waste
- Water
- Carbon
- Employment & Training
- Community
- Business (Local Economic Development)
- Transport

 

Waste

Enworks - A unique business support programme co-ordinating environmental and health and safety advice, training and support to businesses throughout the Northwest of England.
Environment Agency - The leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It is the Agency’s job to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world. 
DEFRA - The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is a UK Government Department whose overarching challenge is to enable everyone to live within their environmental means.
WRAP - Works in partnership to encourage and enable businesses and consumers to be more efficient in their use of materials and recycle more things more often. This helps to minimise landfill, reduce carbon emissions and improve our environment. 
BRE - The Building Research Establishment is a world leading research, consultancy, training, testing and certification organisation delivering sustainability and innovation across the built environment and beyond.  

Water

CIRIA -A  member-based research and information organisation dedicated to improvement in the construction industry. Members include representatives from all parts of the supply chains of the modern built environment, covering building and civil engineering as well as transport and utilities infrastructure. CIRIA’s work is recognised as being independent, objective and authoritative.
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Environment Agency
DEFRA
 

Carbon

Climate Change North West - CCNW explores the opportunities and challenges that a changing climate present to England's North West region. You may find the site useful to find out how you can help and assist your business , household or school to better understand and manage climate change.
Carbon Trust – Carbon Trust is the main national body dedicated to reducing the UK’s carbon footprint. The Client services section provides advice and support for organisations to help assess their designed buildings and identify ways of reducing energy consumption. 
Energy Saving Trust - The Energy Saving Trust is a non-profit organisation, funded both by government and the private sector. They are one of the UK's leading organisations set up to address the damaging effects of climate change and we have offices in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Their aim is to cut emissions of carbon dioxide by promoting the sustainable and efficient use of energy.

Employment and Training

CITB ConstructionSkills - The CITB ConstructionSkils is the sector Skills Council for construction. They represent every part of the construction industry, from architects to bricklayers, in every part of the UK and cover every part of the skills agenda - from grants to college places

Investors in People - Investors in People provide straightforward, proven frameworks for delivering business improvement through people.

Construction Youth Trust - CYT are a charity who work with young people to help them access employment opportunities within the construction industry.

Community

Considerate Constructors Scheme - All sites registered with the Scheme are monitored by an experienced industry professional to assess their performance against the eight point Code of Considerate Practice.

Business (Supply Chain Management)
CITB ConstructionSkills & Supply chain readiness networks:
These networks are a way of improving relationships between companies, clients, sub-contractors and business services by establishing and nurturing a network of local micro/SME construction-related businesses.
Clients link work opportunities to the training and business development activity carried out by the construction company. They will tell the firm what they need to do in order to win work now, and in the future.

Transport

HM Revenue & Customs - A Fact Sheet for Employers setting up Green Travel Plans - This fact sheet explains how the tax and national insurance systems encourage employers to set up Travel Plans for their employees. A Travel Plan is a package of practical measures to reduce car use for journeys to and from work and for business travel. A travel plan is a package of measures produced by employers to encourage staff to use alternatives to single-occupancy car-use. Such a plan for example, could include: car sharing schemes; a commitment to improve cycling facilities; a dedicated bus service or restricted car parking allocations. It might also promote flexible-working practices such as remote access and video conferencing.

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