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.
What is the Exemplar programme?
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.
Why is the Exemplar Programme so important to the industry?
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
How it works
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.
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How to apply to become an Exemplar
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] and put Exemplar in the subject box.