The CO2 emitted from the operation of buildings in the UK accounts for over 50% of the total UK CO2 emissions. If you include CO2 from manufacturing, transportation of construction materials and transport of people (usually to and from buildings) this figure increases to 75% of the total UK CO2 emissions. Around the world, governments are urging their citizens to use energy from more environmentally friendly and renewable sources.

Saving energy and reducing waste is hugely important in the global effort to reduce harmful carbon emissions. Construction plays a significant role in the UK economy and the overall environmental impact is considerable. Just over half the UK's total carbon dioxide emissions are attributed to buildings. The correct identification and specification of products and services could significantly help to reduce the impact of the construction industry on the environment.