Construction site

The Centre for Low Emission Construction (CLEC) is part of the Aerosol Science team, running projects that combine the specialist research skills from across the entire Environmental Research Group, and has over 15 years' experience working with central government policy makers, local planning authorities and partners within construction sector and their supply chain.

Research is often conducted using construction and demolition sites as 'living labs' for emission measurement trials and to test the efficacy of mitigation and abatement techniques under real-world site conditions. This has also allowed us to design a new approach to emission inventory development for non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) to inform future generations of policy makers.


CLEC aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the air quality impacts from construction and demolition activities both to the industry itself and wider government, non-government organisations and the public.
  • Support international, national and local government in the development and delivery of policies to reduce emissions from demolition and construction projects.
  • Advise and support industry and regulatory bodies in the delivery of demolition and construction projects with minimum health and environmental impact.
  • Deliver high quality, peer reviewed research to advance the understanding of exhaust and fugitive emissions from demolition and construction projects.
  • Work with manufacturers and construction industry to develop low emission technologies to deliver cost effective, cleaner practices.
  • Quantify the health impact of exposure to emissions for the public and people working in the construction sector and provide approaches to minimise exposure.
  • Develop guidance for industry, planners and air quality professionals.
  • Train the next generation of researchers to establish low emission construction approaches.

Further information on CLEC and our current projects can be found on the Centre for Low Emission Construction website.