Are you an Exemplar?
How good are your projects? How good are your processes? Are they special enough to claim Exemplar status? Here’s how to be a part of the Exemplar process.
The CEWales Exemplar process evolved from the Demonstration Programme set up after the Rethinking Construction movement began in the early 2000s with the sole purpose of capturing and sharing project best practice. The process helped us to find out about new projects and share learning via a series of case studies, reports and events. It’s a fundamental part of the CE movement – the sharing of best practice, demonstrating excellence.
This is something we need to do more of right now – part of the vision for CEWales in 2021 is to go back to basics and focus on sharing best practice. But this time around the Exemplar process combines the core principles of Rethinking Construction and the Well-being Future Generations Act.
An ‘Exemplar’ is defined as ‘something worthy of being imitated or copied’ and this is exactly what we continue to seek to achieve with this programme. Exemplars are intended to offer good practical examples of how to achieve Best Value Sustainable Construction solutions.
Our approach to Exemplar has been updated to reflect the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and to provide greater value as well as inviting a programme approach to the process. It is anticipated that embarking on the Exemplar process will, in itself, lead to higher value being obtained from a project.
So, how does it work?
The Exemplar process 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. 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 – which reflect the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act principles.
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.
A crucial element to the success of the Exemplar is that each participant will commit to sharing their learning experiences with the wider industry through dissemination events held at key stages in the project development.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming an Exemplar.