The NFDC’s DRIDS (Demolition & Refurbishment Information Data Sheets) has been awarded the accolade of the Dickinson Dees Sustainable Construction & Demolition Award at this year’s Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM) Awards for Environmental Excellence. The DRIDS project is funded through UK’s Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Growth Fund and is intended to provide the industry with information concerning the recycling of materials that the industry produces during its daily business.

NFDC chief executive Howard Button said: “Winning this award has been a fantastic achievement. With growing legislation and tighter regulation in the design and construction of buildings, structures and infrastructure, the demolition and refurbishment industry has to be better informed – the DRIDS help to address this issue and provide the industry with the support they need.”

“Once the project is complete, we anticipate the industry will be in a strong position to influence modern building methods and prove that unsustainable demolition processes can be adopted.”

The CITB Growth Fund is a £10m investment aimed at providing construction employers with support in developing key skills that they need to grow their business and is one of the ways that CITB is investing Levy funds to make businesses competitive now and in the future.

Steve Geary, skills strategy director for CITB said: “Among many other things, the Growth Fund focusses on improving employers’ ability to respond to environmental sustainability and management skills. The DRIDS project is a perfect example of informing the industry of vital changes to the demolition and refurbishment sector – it is projects like this that the Growth Fund is here to support.”

For those seeking further information on DRIDS, Howard Button’s presentation on the topic at the recent World Demolition Summit can be downloaded from www.khl.com.

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