Introducing the Value Toolkit – changing the way construction measures value

Introducing the Value Toolkit – changing the way construction measures value

The Construction Innovation Hub is celebrating the completion of the Value Toolkit, following a successful development programme with over 200 industry partners. The announcements include the launch of a new BSI flex standard to underpin value-based decisions making in the sector.

Bringing together those who have contributed to its journey, including government, clients and industry partners, the Hub is now sharing the transition phase to adoption.

The Value Toolkit is a pioneering suite of tools that will be used by industry to embed value-based decision making in the built environment sector. It is a government funded industry-led initiative – with roots in the Construction Leadership Council’s Procuring for Value report and set to deliver on the ambitions of the Construction Playbook and the IPA’s Transforming Infrastructure Performance Roadmap.

The Toolkit has been developed to reframe the definition of value, and how it can be evaluated and measured, capturing wider, whole-life considerations around net-zero, user experience, productivity and social impact.

Working with partners and collaborating has been critical to the success and there are few corners of the sector that the Value Toolkit has not touched – from local authorities to central government departments, consultancies, contractors and specialist SMEs. The ambition is now for widespread adoption, driven by government and underpinned by industry.

Keith Waller, Programme Director at the Construction Innovation Hub, said:

This is a landmark moment for the Hub and our industry partners, and a gamechanger for construction and the built environment.

Decision making in construction has been historically driven by how much something cost, or how long it took to build. The Toolkit delivers a laser-like focus on project outcomes that delivers value beyond the bottom line, and positively affect communities and those who live in them for decades to come. It will ensure a more collaborative relationship between clients and suppliers throughout the whole life of a project”.

Construction Minister Lee Rowley MP said:

It’s good to see this new initiative come to fruition after a successful pilot. The Toolkit reflects the Government’s desire to ensure we embrace a construction procurement process that has clean, green innovation at its heart.

It complements our commitment to boost the productivity of this vital industry as part of our plans to grow the economy and create good quality jobs. I look forward to continuing to work with the Construction Leadership Council to realise this ambition.”

Rory Kennedy, Value Toolkit Strategy Board Chair and Director of Capital, Department for Education said:

This is a proud day for the many individuals, businesses and organisations who have worked tirelessly through huge collaborative effort to develop, evolve and shape the Value Toolkit.

The Value Toolkit is a powerful initiative that enables value-based decision-making – that best reflect the full range of commonly desired benefits, including better social, environmental and economic outcomes. Government, clients, and the industry all agree that a different approach to value is needed. An approach that reflects a shared ambition for a built environment that delivers more – one that provides a springboard for economic growth, enhances communities, and sustains the environment. The Value Toolkit is this new approach.

I look forward to seeing the Value Toolkit go from strength to strength as Government and industry drive wider adoption”.

Andy Mitchell, Co-Chair of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) commented:

 For far too long now we have talked cost with little or no reference to value; we have talked outputs not outcomes.  The Value Toolkit seeks to see an end to this by providing a comprehensive suite of tools that will help clients and suppliers alike develop a real understanding of what is actually important as we specify, design and deliver infrastructure for people and society.

I would like to thank everyone involved in getting us to this point, and encourage everyone else to understand, use and help develop this Toolkit going forward”

More information about the Value Toolkit and how to get involved is available here.

LEXiCON project takes a significant step toward a common approach to construction product information

LEXiCON project takes a significant step toward a common approach to construction product information

The conclusion of LEXiCON’s first phase is a major step toward creating trustworthy and reliable, digital structured product information in a standardised way across the industry.

Developed by the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub), in partnership with the Construction Products Association (CPA), the LEXiCON project is seeking to standardise construction product information and support manufacturers in sharing product information freely across the industry.

Detailed in a report published today, the first phase of LEXiCON sets out a methodology for the creation and ongoing management of ‘Product Data Templates’. By creating a consistent approach across the building industry, LEXiCON will make it easier for people to upload, categorise and compare data between products. You can find out more information about this latest step from LEXiCON here.

Help to Grow Digital aims to help businesses adopt new digital technologies

Help to Grow Digital aims to help businesses adopt new digital technologies

Help to Grow: Digital (HtGD) is a UK-wide government-backed scheme that aims to help SMEs choose, buy and adopt digital technologies that will help them grow their business. The initiative will be launched in December 2021 and could help up to 100,000 businesses adopt new digital technologies over three years.

The Help to Grow: Digital scheme will offer businesses:

  • Free, impartial advice and guidance about what digital technology is best suited to their business and how it can boost their business’ performance
  • Targeted financial support for eligible businesses, worth up to £5,000, towards the costs of buying approved digital technologies for the first year.

To register your interest visit

Do you have what it takes to help save the world?

Do you have what it takes to help save the world?

  • Do you have what it takes to help save the world?
  • Can you bring your creativity to solve the biggest question faced by the construction sector?
  • Are you itching to be at the heart of efforts to deliver net zero carbon?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to all of these questions, and you are a young professional working in construction then you are invited to take part in the Construction Leadership Council’s Dragons’ Den competition for proposals to crack down on carbon.

Your ideas are needed for how the industry can make a step change in its carbon performance. All proposals are welcome and encouraged.

If you have a proposal that is developed to the point where it could potentially be rolled out with industry with the right backing, then the CLC can bring that. The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) reaches into every part of our great industry, and it can leverage its power to make your proposal a reality.

To secure this support, you are invited to step into the CLC’s Dragons’ Den where shortlisted applicants will be able to present their proposals to industry leaders.

Alongside support to get your idea off the ground the winning proposal will also bag a £1000 cash award donated by the Builders Merchants Federation, and mentoring with a CLC Business Leader.

Are you ready to that enter the CLC Dragons’ Den? If so, please go here for more details.  Closing date midday 8 October.


New FIS Course:  Getting Started with Digital Construction

New FIS Course: Getting Started with Digital Construction

To support the digital revolution in the finishes and interiors sector, FIS has team up with digital specialists Digital Construction Skills to deliver a new course – Getting Started with Digital Construction, designed to help FIS Members pick through the vast array of digital tools available and to help you make sense of them and work out which ones will have the most positive impact on your business, aligned with your business goals.  This targeted is backed by a strategy support toolkit, that will help you develop a structured digital construction strategy and give your teams the skills and confidence they need to drive change in your business.

This CITB Assured course (Grant Tier 1) is aimed at construction professionals in the Finishes and Interiors sector who would like to learn how digital technologies can benefit their business and to explore the factors they should take into account when considering possible digital solutions. It will help delegates to implement new digital technologies whilst ensuring the greatest chance of successful implementation and avoiding common pitfalls.

Who the course is aimed at:

  • Managers and decision makers
  • Business owners
  • Directors
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors/Commercial Functions
  • SHEQ Staff
  • Team Leaders

Course Content

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • List the broad categories of digital tools available
  • Describe the possible benefits of implementing digital solutions
  • List the factors they need to take into account when selecting a new digital solution
  • Identify areas of strengths and weakness within their business in terms of readiness for implementing digital construction
  • Identify the supporting skills required to successfully implement the digital tools identified for their business
  • Explain how to identify specific problems within their business which could be solved with digital solutions

The course is split over two consecutive afternoons and will take place on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th October 2021 and 2-5pm

To reserve you slot click here


Embracing Change – the story so far

Embracing Change – the story so far

The FIS Conference has been focussing on levers for change in the construction sector, how we rechart a course and go through the gears to delivering a better construction product in a healthier and sustainable supply chain.  Each week we are debating the levers and barriers to change and two of the five virtual roundtables that we are hosting are now available for members to “listen again”.

Key themes explored in our first session Building Trends in the finishes and interiors sector were how sustainable the recovery is, what is driving investment, regulatory change, how the office is really likely to change from a practical perspective and what this means to construction and how wider design and specification trends are likely to be impacting on future works.  Without spoiling the ending, there was some cause for optimism from most of the panel.

In the second session A Path to Net Zero we explored whether sustainability is driving change and the pressure that is washing through the supply chain, focussing not just on how we react, but the need to be proactive as a supply chain.  “Don’t wait” was a key message as was the theme, which is further developing through our upcoming sessions, “how do we collaborate outside of the project” and focus on what is important and we can change.

This week our focus was Shortages, Employment Models, Recruitment and Competence and we move to Procurement and Contracts next week and finish looking at Innovation in the finishes and interiors sector.

You can get early access and engage in the debate by booking your place here.