An example of this is the Construction 2025 Strategy. Published in 2013, this report identifies key areas for improvement and provides specific targets to be met. This includes a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with the 1990 baseline figures and forms part of a wider target of an 80% reduction by 2050.
However, it does not address water reuse, which is an important issue for construction. For example, up to 170 litres of water is required to produce one cubic metre of concrete. In addition to this, a considerable volume of water is used to wash out concrete trucks, skips and pump lines once a pour is complete.
Without this issue being addressed by the government there is minimal pressure placed on the sector to look for ways to reduce water consumption. In the past it has been regulatory requirements that have not only fostered innovation but, in some instances, led to collaboration across the industry to solve the problem.