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Sustainability was classically defined by the Brundtland Report in 1987 as:
"Development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs."
Sustainable thinking requires you to take a balanced approach which takes into account environmental, social and economic issues, and the Homes School will provide you with the learning resources which will enable you to understand how a balanced, sustainable approach is becoming more relevant in the homes market.
In reflection of this the Homes School provides up to the minute learning resources on key issues in the sector including, overheating, the performance gap, sustainable urban drainage (SuDS) and the importance of effective community engagement.
The need for the development of a more sustainable homes sector in the UK is also clear for a wide range of reasons including:
- There are increasing drivers from clients and government for the construction of more energy efficient housing
- The UK Government is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by 2050. The UK Government reported that approximately 14% of total UK CO2e emissions were from residential sources in 2013
- There is widespread recognition that the UK is facing a 'housing crisis' with demand for homes vastly outpacing industry's ability to build them. 220,000 are needed per year to meet existing housing projections, however, only 107,820 homes were completed in 2012-13
Self Assessment Tool
Re-assessing and working through your new action plan will support your journey of continuous improvement in sustainability. You can re-assess at any time and access an updated action plan.