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

Page 1: Introduction

The 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...
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Page 2: Balancing stakeholder aspirations

Stakeholders are individuals or groups with a direct interest in an organisation’s performance. The Quantity Surveyor must take into account the shared expectations of all stake groups.Today’s concern for the environment has a high public profile as public opinion, pressure groups and government legislation and regulation continue to grow. This poses a threat to organisations that do...
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Page 3: Social responsibility

The responsibility of organisations towards the environment is now a major issue, both on a global and local basis. In 1997 the UK and other industrial countries signed a treaty in Kyoto, Japan committing themselves to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels. On a more local level, the UK government has responded by introducing a series of initiatives. A Report...
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Page 4: Sustainable construction

The construction industry needs to meet the challenge of contributing to economic growth by continuing to provide new homes, offices and shops whilst improving the quality of both the towns and the countryside. Sustainable means lasting and enduring, therefore, sustainable development is economic development that lasts. In construction, sustainability is of great importance because: 50% of...
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Page 5: The role of the quantity surveyor in sustainable construction

The Ten Commandments In order to balance the economic equation of sustainability and affordability at a practical level, the Quantity Surveyor can follow what has been called The Ten Commandments for sustainability in design and construction. They are: Re-use existing buildings: Re-using existing buildings reduces costs and is quicker. Design For minimum waste: Make designs simple and with re-use...
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Page 6: Conclusion

Sustainable construction is about much 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. They must also be sustainable in social terms and add value to the quality of life for the individual and the community, as well as sustainable in...
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