Procurement in the Construction Industry – lessons learnt

Charles Coe

By Charles Coe, Energy Hub ManagerMace

Under guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, businesses with electricity costs below 20% of gross earnings are not considered as energy intensive. Under these guidelines, it is unlikely that the construction industry will ever be considered as energy intensive, which is understandable when comparing energy costs to the overall project value. The cost of energy is dwarfed compared to costs for labour and materials. However, if you analyse energy consumption against staff count then construction becomes an energy-intensive industry indeed. Either way, this does not mean that energy is any less important to the industry; quite the contrary. We just work with it in a different way. As builders and developers, we have very specific requirements in the way we buy, consume and manage energy.

Charles will be providing insights into how the construction industry buys, consumes and manages energy and the session will cover:

  • The importance of the supply contract – procuring energy for our corporate office locations, construction sites and projects.
  • The importance of data – quantifying consumption through construction site load profiling, half hourly supplies and sub-metering.
  • The importance of the day job – managing supplier relationships, centralising bills, recording and monitoring bill information
    and reducing risk by hedging reconciled non-commodity charges.

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