Council for Aluminium in Building


Please find on this page the responses to consultations submitted by CAB on behalf of members.

Consultation: Environmental Audit Committee “Sustainability of the built environment”
Date: May 2021
Summary: The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK Parliament has launched an inquiry into the sustainability of the built environment. The inquiry concerns the best routes for net zero for our future building needs. The ‘Call for evidence’ pointed out that while the operating energy efficiency of a building is taken into account, the embodied carbon of construction is not currently regulated. CAB, along with other ‘metals’ associations (British Constructional Steel Association, Galvanizers Association, Steel Construction Institute and UK Steel) highlighted in their joint submission that metals are part of the solution, with credible decarbonisation roadmaps and that due to their durability, reusability and recyclability, metals already fit into a circular model for materials and can be used to lower the carbon metrics of construction when viewed holistically. The development and adoption of robust Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) techniques is key to designing more efficient structures, as they can enable an open and complete assessment of the options, but this assessment must be in the context of the complete life cycle – “cradle to grave” plus Module D , using the language of EN 15804, which is the appropriate basis for any sustainability assessment.
Response: download a full copy of the joint ‘metals’ response here.
Findings: a link to the results of the inquiry will be posted here when available.