UK sustainable civil engineering scheme to go global

A scheme assessing the sustainability of the UK's civil engineering is planning to launch an international version later this year.

CEEQUAL aims to distinguish itself from BRE's BREEAM and the American backed LEED by taking account of the project itself rather than its impact on the surrounding environment.

The rating system, based around 12 criteria, was originally developed by a team from the institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is now its fourth updated version.

Launched in 2003 the scheme has so far been applied to nearly 150 projects, with the first eight to top its scoring charts coming last month.

Now chief executive, professor Roger Venables, revealed to edie this week he was taking the scheme international.

Although, no firm agreements are in place, professor Venables says he's already preparing the ground of international expansion.

He said: "The initial feedback we've had is the blanket use of UK weighting would not work abroad due to different environmental and cultural conditions.

"So to make the project effective we need to tailor it to specific country's needs."

Professor Venables, will initially target English speaking countries, and has had interest from South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.

For more information go to CEEQUAL's website by click here.

Luke Walsh


energy manager


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