Our Programme

We work with and support a wide range of organisations to improve their performance through collaboration. Our aim is to improve the performance of the construction industry in Wales and add value through the promotion and sharing of best practices based on collaborative working and integrated teams. Our current programmes have been established in response to these aims.

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Active Travel

Integrated, joined up, infrastructure planning can promote active lifestyles and creates active, social places – if it is done right. So, we need to make sure engineers, designers, contractors and planners know all about the detail of active travel.

Circular Economy

Constructing Excellence in Wales has been working to explore the opportunity for the built environment sector from circular economy. As the biggest consumer of raw materials the opportunity is significant, approximately £1 billion by 2035.

DfMA Wales

Unlocking the potential of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) would present a paradigm shift in the construction sectors ability to support a green, prosperous and equitable Wales.

Exemplar Programme

The Exemplar process combines the core principles of Rethinking Construction and the Well-being of Future Generations Act

Green Compass

The Green Compass Scheme is applicable to any waste management organisation that processes construction, industrial, commercial or household waste; for example, at a transfer station, treatment facility or disposal site.

Industry Intelligence Reporting for Welsh Government

Our monthly reports create real-time market intelligence for Welsh Government in keeping with Constructing Excellence in Wales commitments.

New Build Housing

The industry is already delivering innovative new low zero carbon housing across Wales and CEW remains committed to ensuring this innovation becomes embedded.


Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEWales) believes that true value will only be delivered through collaborative working, integrated teamwork, strong client leadership and a commitment to people. This is why CEWales have championed and will continue to champion these behaviours.

Research & Development

CEW frequently works with others to research areas of innovation within the low zero carbon construction sector. We’re keen to ensure that research remains practical and applicable to industry and represent Wales on a number of projects.


CEW is keen to see that the domestic retrofit and energy efficiency sectors in Wales continue to develop skills and work practices which complement Responsible Retrofit. We seek to promote best practice in retrofit works and continued learning from existing schemes to support an increased uptake in retrofitting energy efficiency measures.

Sustainable Schools Challenge

Three new net zero carbon schools will be built, one in north Wales, one in south-west Wales and a third in south-east Wales. Announced in March 2023 this Sustainable Schools Challenge is aimed to promote innovation in the sector whilst collaborating with all stakeholders from the pupils, staff and community who will use the school to the supply chain who will design build and maintain the school.

Trade Waste Bring Sites

This programme element aims to encourage and increase the reuse and recycling of waste through establishing a network of Trade Waste Bring Sites (TWBS). This will increase access to reuse/recycling facilities and reduce mixed construction and demolition waste.

Waste Archive

Please visit the waste archive to find out more about our previous projects including Built Environment Sustainability Training, Design for Deconstruction (D4D), Industry Interventions and our work on Recycled Aggregates for Minor Schemes (RAMS)

Waste Archive Construction and Demolition Waste

The construction and demolition sector is the largest producer of controlled waste in Wales (EAW Survey 2005) and has the greatest ecological footprint.

Waste Archive Enabling Zero Waste

Enabling Zero Waste (EZW) is a CEW initiative designed to work with the construction industry to provide practical, positive and active intervention via professional waste management solutions to assist in enabling zero waste.

Waste Management

Prevention and minimisation; Preparation for reuse; Recycling; CL:AIRE Code of Practice- Soils; Aggregates Quality Protocol, Site tools

Welsh Ministerial Construction Forum

The Welsh Construction Forum was established in the summer of 2020 bringing together leading figures from the private and public sectors across Wales’ construction industry along with Wales’ social partners, to support Wales to “build back better” towards a greener zero carbon future.