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Sustainable Construction

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Sustainability can be defined as development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability is based upon three components: economic growth, social progress and environmental protection.

Buildings and construction works have the largest single share in global resource use and pollution emission. In OECD countries the built environment is responsible for around 25-40% of total energy use, 30% of raw material use, 30-40% of global greenhouse gas emissions (45% in the UK), for 30 to 40% of solid waste generation and people spend almost 90% of their life inside buildings.

Sustainable Construction involves delivering buildings and structures that provide greater satisfaction; increasing well-being and value to customers and users, respecting and treating stakeholders more fairly, enhancing and better protecting the natural environment, minimising construction's impact on the consumption of energy and natural resources as well as making the construction industry more profitable and more competitive.

Consequently the construction industry has a significant opportunity and responsibility to help tackle these sustainability issues. The Government’s Sustainable Construction Strategy was set in 2014 and outlines clear targets for improved sustainability in construction. BREEAM, CEEQUAL, LEED and the Code for Sustainable Homes provide practical systems for measuring and reporting sustainability in construction projects.

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