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Construction support procurement clauses and delivery mechanisms

Most sustainability impacts, and circular economy principles, can be achieved through the early planning and design phases of a construction project, or during the development of new products or services.

Realising these benefits in a highly complicated and diverse sector such as construction requires engagement among those who specify what they want, those who have responsibility for, or involvement with procuring products, materials or services and those in the supply chain who provide them.

It is therefore important to know how to use procurement as an effective lever when working towards organisational sustainability goals to reduce environmental, social and economic impacts, and create positive outcomes through the life span of projects.

Procuring resource efficient construction projects

Zero Waste Scotland has developed an online interactive guide that aims to support clients (public and private) and contractors to enhance waste reduction, re-use, and recycling through design and resource efficiency.  It also encourages whole life costing and circular economy approaches and outcomes. It does this through clearly defining procurement requirements for the client and examples for the contractor on how to respond.

Whole life costing in construction

Construction costs are only one type of cost to consider when building. Calculate your building and infrastructure lifetime costs using our whole life costing tool.

Free, specialist support for your business or project

Zero Waste Scotland can work with quantity surveyors, buyers and contract managers to incorporate sustainable procurement practices and opportunities more effectively and develop solutions that:

  • Are realistic, simple and achievable
  • De-risk delivery across an extended lifecycle;
  • Add value – triple bottom line benefits,
  • Are measurable, reportable and replicable; and
  • Demonstrate innovation and an understanding of the wider context

Zero Waste Scotland has engaged a team of specialists to help deliver support under this theme. The team can be used to help by;

  • Reviewing and developing sustainable governance, policies and processes;
  • Providing training and development;
  • Supporting whole life costing’
  • Supporting the creation of exemplar procurement specifications;
  • Supporting setting targets for reclaimed or recycled materials; and
  • Identifying appropriate contractor and / or supplier accreditation.

If you would like to discuss how your business or project could work with us to receive specialist support and advice, please complete the form below.

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