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Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism, today (Friday 31 August) visited The Lighthouse in Glasgow to deliver the keynote address at the launch of new consultancy that focuses on low-carbon construction.
iQ Building Futures Lab, is the latest division of the CCG Group, which specialises in a full range of sustainability issues that will support designers and clients deliver low carbon homes using expertise acquired over nearly 40 years of involvement in the Scottish construction industry.
The group, which has a turnover of over £120m and employs over 600 staff and 65 apprentices, last year delivered over 900 homes for Registered Social Landlords and Local Authorities.
Mr Ewing, said:
“Scotland’s construction industry has a huge part to play in helping Scotland to become a low carbon economy, producing energy efficient homes using sustainable low embodied energy materials.
“Adopting modern methods of construction and working closely with forward thinking research institutes tapping into the wealth of cutting-edge expertise in design, sustainable materials and techniques is a key element in the construction sector’s drive to become greener – and it will also help to make Scotland’s construction sector more efficient, more cost effective and better positioned to thrive in a competitive business.
“The new Building Futures Lab will be an integral part of CCG, underpinning a programme of innovative research & development that will supplement the work that is already being carried out, including on how to maximize use of home-grown Scottish timber in construction.
“Once again, Scottish ingenuity, adaptability and enterprise is helping to change the face of business to make it greener, smarter and cleaner. I am sure that Building Futures Lab can look forward to many years of partnership working with Scotland’s housing and construction sectors.”
The group is also working with Forestry Commission Scotland, Napier University(2) and others, to explore the viability of new solid timber products, examples of which have been integrated into the new visitor centre for the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig which will be formally opened by the First Minister on 5 September.
Gary McGregor, Managing Director of CCG (Scotland) Ltd
“The launch of CCG’s iQ Lab is a natural progression from the work we have done in developing truly sustainable timber frame solutions and associated components, our iQ System, which we are now promoting across the entire UK market.
“The team have expert capabilities in creating affordable, energy efficient and ecologically conscious buildings through pioneering design and materials use - tied into manufacturing and construction processes. CCG’s aim is to add value to the design process and create whole life cost savings, making sure that the end-product performs at its peak and achieves increasingly demanding environmental standards.”
Professor Sean Smith, Director of Edinburgh Napier University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction will also speak at the launch reporting on a recent Scottish Government review on the potential for offsite construction in Scotland.
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate.
2) For more information on Edinburgh Napier University’s Institute for Sustainable Construction and Forest Products research Institute visit http://www.napier.ac.uk/randkt/sustainableconstruction/Pages/InstituteforSustainableConstruction.aspx and www.napier.ac.uk/wpig
3) For news, events and recreation information log on to www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests. For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland
4) Media Enquiries to Darren McCann, CCG Marketing Manager, 07788 923 480 or Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0131 314 6507
5) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland