The way we plan, erect, refurbish and maintain our buildings affects our environment and our lives for a long time. Enormous investments are needed, for example for housing purposes, which have to satisfy the needs and demands of both today and tomorrow.
The commentary below reflects some of the most important issues for the construction sector to address if it is to become more sustainable. As time goes on, we will provide more links to case study projects that can begin to demonstrate ways in which you might deliver some of these best practice techniques - although these are not the only actions you could take, they may provide you with a starting point. Other sources of information and guidance are also listed and we will continue to add to these too.
You may also wish to adopt Constructing Excellence's Sustainability Checklist, which will give you ideas about what practical measures you can adopt to begin to make your projects more sustainable.