Exemplar

Building on the success of the Demonstration Project Programme, the Exemplar Programme combines the core principles of Rethinking Construction the Low/Zero Carbon Sustainable Construction agenda.

An ‘Exemplar’ is defined as ‘something worthy of being imitated or copied’ and this is exactly what we are seeking to achieve with this programme. Exemplars are intended to offer good practical examples of how to achieve Best Value Sustainable Construction solutions.

The Exemplar Programme identifies what actions have taken place at key stages in a project which have led to successful outcomes. Each project must take a holistic approach to sustainable development and achieve a balance between economic, social and environmental factors. Success is evidenced through key performance indicators.

The programme identifies what actions have taken place at key project stages that have led to successful outcomes, so that this learning can be adopted on other projects. At each stage we use industry standard metrics to back up and support the description of what was done. All aspects of sustainability and construction best practice are taken into consideration, including economic, social and environmental factors, to ensure that a good all-round project is delivered that does not sacrifice one aspect for the sake of another.

Participants will commit to sharing their learning experiences with the wider industry through dissemination events held at key stages in the project development.

The purpose of the Exemplar programme is to identify what actions have taken place at key stages of a project that has led to a successful outcome, so that this learning can be adopted on other projects. Each stage will use industry standard metrics to back up and support the description of what was done. All aspects of sustainability and construction best practice will be taken into consideration, including economic, social and environmental factors, to ensure that the exemplars on the programme deliver a good all-round project that does not sacrifice one aspect for the sake of another.

The Exemplar concept embraces the key drivers for the construction industry – 

  • The need to understand where improvements can be made from the earliest phases of a project right through to post occupancy
  • Encourages design/ project teams to work collaboratively to deliver whole life sustainability aspirations
  • Helps monitor ongoing best practice
  • Provides feedback to the wider industry to take forward key learning points from successful projects and advice that can yield future successes
  • Is not just an award for ‘glitzy’ buildings/ projects – it seeks to reward ‘normal’, repeatable schemes that have been done well
  • Rewards projects that are shown to truly represent all aspects of sustainability, in a cost effective manner

Qualification for Exemplar status will require independent assessment by BRE and CEW against a series of metrics under the headline sustainability issues - economic, social and environmental.

Most metrics are quantitative, based on measurable factors and standard industry KPIs, while some are qualitative, allowing projects to demonstrate innovations that could shape future best practice. Only projects demonstrating that they meet a range of average industry benchmarks in all key areas will be considered for Exemplary status.

The emphasis of the Exemplar programme will be on innovations that go beyond normal industry practice and on how these successes were achieved, rather than simply a ‘score’. The willingness to share this information with the industry in order to drive forward best practice is also a key requirement.

Equally important will be the strategic approach that has been taken by the team that has enabled the outcomes to be delivered. These will include the core principles of Rethinking Construction; such as Leadership, Commitment to people and Integrated teams, which will need to be demonstrated in practical ways.

Information will be gathered from the project team at key stages during the life of the construction project with the main data being collected on completion of the detailed design, on handover of the building and after the post construction evaluation period.

Details of how key issues have been approached and how the project team have engaged the community, mitigated environmental impact, developed innovative solutions to problems and how they have managed the construction process and budget will be gathered, analysed and converted into a published case study. It is intended that this good practice can then be disseminated and replicated across the industry and help to shape the future of construction.

On completion, successful projects will receive a certificate acknowledging that the scheme has been deemed an Exemplar, with case studies produced at key stages, which will be published and disseminated through events and various sources, including via the Sustainable Building Portal and Knowledge Transfer Network websites.

A465 Heads of the Valleys Section 2 Gilwern to Brynmawr Design Stage
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UWTSD SA1
UWTSD SA1 Design Stage - 22nd September 2017

Menai Science Park
Menaii Science Park - Design Stage 10th May 2017

Coleg y Cymoedd
Coleg y Cymoedd - Design Stage 22nd March 2017

Pentrehafod Comprehensive School
Pentrehafod Comprehensive School - Design Stage 19th January 2017

A465 Heads of the Valleys Section 2 Construction and Occupation
A465 Heads of the Valleys Dualling Section 3 Construction and Occupation - 18th October 2016

Cardiff Eastern Bay Link A4232
Cardiff Eastern Bay Link A4232 Design Stage - 21st November 2016

Railway Training Centre of Excellence, Nantgarw
Railway Training Centre of Excellence, Nantgarw Design Stage - 7th July 2015

Llandough Adult Mental Health Unit (LAMHU)
Llandough Adult Mental Health Unit (LAMHU) design Stage - 1st January 2015

Ysgol Ty Ffynnon
Ysgol Ty Ffynnon Design and Construction - 9th September 2015

Ysgol Gymraeg Nant Talwg
Ysgol Nant Talwg - Design & Construction 5th May 2015

A465 Heads of the Valleys - Brynmawr to Tredegar
A465 Heads of the Valleys - Brynmawr to Tredegar Design Stage - 10th October 2014

Llanwern High School
Llanwern Post Occupancy Case Study May 2014
Llanwern POE Report

Ysgol Gymunedol y Dderwen (Gateway to the Valleys)
Ysgol Gymunedol y Dderwen (Gateway to the Valleys) – (Construction) May 2014
G2V Biodiversity Plan
G2V Community Benefits Tool
G2V EPC
G2V Procurement Stategy
G2V Waste Management Plan
 

Morriston Comprehensive School
Morriston Comprehensive School - (Design) April 2014
BBM Community Benefits Strategy
Morriston Comprehensive Outcomes and Benefits Template
Project Governance Construction Stage
Project Governance Pre Construction Stage

Penarth Learning Community
Penarth Learning Community (Design) – November 2013

A477 Improvement St Clears to Red Roses
A477 Improvement St Clears to Red Roses (Interim) – July 2013
A477 Improvement: St Clears to Red Roses (Design) – June 2013

Wrexham Industrial Estate Access Road
Wrexham Industrial Estate Access Road (Design) – June 2012
Wrexham Industrial Estate Access Road (Construction) – June 2013

Merthyr Tydfil Town Hall Refurbishment
Merthyr Tydfil Town Hall Refurbishment (Design) – March 2013

Ffordd Amazon, Swansea
Ffordd Amazon, Swansea (Design) – January 2013

Gateway to the Valleys School
Gateway to the Valleys School (Design) – November 2012

Llanwern High School
Llanwern High School (Construction) – October 2012

Newport High School
Newport High School (Pilot)
Newport High School (Post Occupancy) – October 2012

Tata Stores, Visitor and Training Centre
Tata Stores, Visitor and Training Centre (Design) – July 2012

United Welsh Passivhaus
United Welsh Passivhaus (Pilot)

St Athan Housing Development
St Athan Housing Development (Pilot)

Interested project teams will need to complete an application form stating how they intend to implement measures that will address the key themes of the Exemplar framework.

Download Word document of the Exemplar Application Form
 
For further information, please contact the main CEW office on 02920 493322 or email [info@cewales.org.uk] and put Exemplar in the subject box.