Constructing the future
A Gardiner & Theobald case study

Page 1: Introduction

Many people perceive the construction industry as towering cranes over a city skyline or a pile of bricks and cement in a backyard. In fact the building work itself is only one phase in a development process known as the property lifecycle. Every house, school and road that is developed has its own property lifecycle, in which many different people are involved.   There are many...
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Page 2: Balancing stakeholder aspirations

Buildings, streets, neighbourhoods and districts make up the urban environment and should be functional as well as enhancing our social well-being. Clearly there is a limit to the availability of land and natural resources. Apart from the need to conserve other scarce and finite resources such as oil, coal and gas, the consumption of land and natural resources is in itself damaging. As...
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Page 3: Sustainable construction

The construction industry is a major sector of the UK’s national economy and accounts for 7.5% of Gross Domestic Product. GDP is the sum total of a country’s output over the course of a year. In 1998 the construction industry’s output was £62 billion. As an industry, it employs in excess of 1.4 million people. Macroeconomics describes the study of the whole economy and...
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Page 4: Improving sustainability

The challenge to the property industry, owners and users is to produce buildings that are functional, flexible, require less energy to construct and consume less energy in their daily use. A 15% increase in initial building costs can result in a 5% per year saving in running costs. Over the life of the building these savings will far outweigh the increased initial cost. In order to balance the...
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Page 5: The role of the quantity surveyor

The quantity surveyor is integral to the property lifecycle and can influence other sectors of the property and construction industry. All sectors of the industry, however, need to be committed to sustainable development if it is to be implemented successfully. The property industry as a whole needs to: increase awareness in social responsibility increase awareness in sustainable...
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Page 6: Conclusion

Sustainable construction is concerned with more than the fabric of the built environment. Buildings and the social, commercial and transport infrastructures around them must be constructed in ways that are sustainable in environmental and economic terms and add value to the quality of life for the individual and the community. All sectors of the property lifecycle can make a contribution to...
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