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Lessons learned
The UK Green Building Council's Sustainability Lessons Learned Programme was launched this week.

The programme is designed to showcase the sustainability story that runs throughout the London 2012 construction project. The event brings together leading figures from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), Building Research Establishment (BRE) and Atkins to discuss key points on the journey to create a sustainable London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games – from bid to handover.

The aim to make London 2012 the most sustainable Games yet has shaped the systems, processes, tools and culture of the construction project. Some of the key achievements of the project so far are as follows:

• 98% of material from Olympic Park demolition work was reclaimed for reuse and recycling
• 63% (by weight) of construction materials were transported to the Olympic Park by rail or water
• Energy efficient design is predicted to reduce the Park’s carbon emissions by around 1,630 tonnes of CO2 per annum (compared to 2006 Building Regulations).

UK-GBC’s launch event marks the start of a year-long programme of events to disseminate the sustainability lessons learned from London 2012 to the wider built environment sector. This diverse series of learning events will cover specific venues such as the Velodrome, the Stadium and the Aquatics Centre as well as key sustainability themes like energy and carbon, materials, biodiversity and green building standards.

Jonathon Porritt, London 2012 Sustainability Ambassador, who spoke at the launch, said: “Right from the start, I have been enthused by the idea of London 2012 as a ‘Learning Laboratory for Sustainability’ – in the construction phase, during the Games themselves, and the heart of ‘the legacy’ story. There’s just so much going on that will both inform and inspire people, and that’s been the focus for our group of Sustainability Ambassadors. The UK-GBC’s ‘Lessons Learned’ Programme is a brilliant way to stimulate interest across the entire built environment community, and to get this learning journey underway.”