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Towards a sustainable built environment

Grierson, David (2009) Towards a sustainable built environment. CIC Start Online Innovation Review (1). 70 - 78.

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Abstract

Building for sustainable development involves using design and construction methods and practices, which strive for integral quality (including economic, social and environmental performance) in a very broad (or holistic) way. Sustainable building design will consider the entire life cycle of buildings, taking environmental quality, functional quality and future values into account. A respect for all people, demonstrated through the provision of a healthy, functional, accessible and attractive built environment, is vital in promoting social sustainability. Similarly the efficient use of construction budgets, building material and labour within an organized management system will promote economic sustainability. Environmental sustainability will require the rational use of natural resources and the appropriate management of the building stock. This will in turn help to save scarce resources, promote energy conservation and improve environmental quality. Environmentally sustainable buildings aim to lessen their impact on our environment through energy and resource efficiency.