Towards a sustainable built environment

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70 - 78
Number of pages9
JournalCIC Start Online Innovation Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • sustainable built environment
  • engineering
  • architecture
  • Scotland


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  • Sustainable Buildings and Cities

    David Grierson (Participant) & Fiona Bradley (Participant)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Professional practice, training and standards, Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment

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