Sustainable development in the construction industry
A Gardiner & Theobald case study

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Page 1: Introduction

Gardiner Theobald 7 Image 1The immense pressure on the world's environment means that measures must be taken today to safeguard natural resources for tomorrow. This is the challenge the construction industry faces. Research by international environmental organisations like the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) suggest that humans are using natural resources at a rate of 25 – 50% greater than the planet can replenish them. People in industrialised countries like the UK consume more natural resources than the global average and the WWF suggests that we should cut our consumption by two thirds. However, cutting down our use of natural resources does not mean we need lower our standard of living, we just need to use natural resources more wisely. For example, increasing energy efficiency, reducing waste and recycling. Cutting down on the use of natural resources whilst maintaining or increasing our standard of living is the real challenge of sustainable development.

Davis Langdon & Everest and Gardiner & Theobald are two of the world’s leading Quantity Surveying practices. The role of the Quantity Surveyor in construction includes:

  • influencing key decisions relating to time, cost and quality
  • managing finances and contracts
  • managing the design, procurement and construction process.

The Quantity Surveyor is a key advisor at all stages of the property life-cycle for which there are many factors that influence it. This study will focus on just one, the issue of sustainable development - 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own future needs'.

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