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Guide to Sustainability in the Built Environment


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This Guide to Sustainability in the Built Environment provides a comprehensive reference for stakeholders in the buildings and construction sector, introducing sustainability principles, offering tools for addressing climate, nature, and social challenges at organisational and project levels, and outlines the benefits of adhering to relevant standards and environmental certifications.

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Although sustainability is steadily growing in importance for businesses, governments and other societal actors, it remains a developing agenda with change closely following recognised science. This guide offers practices based on best available knowledge at this time and should act as a reference point for professions associated with the buildings and construction sector, including clients, contractors, construction managers, designers, facility managers, building owners, tenant groups and others looking for integrated pathways to sustainability.

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The challenge ahead of us
Sustainability and the Sustainability Development Goals
The Global Transition to Sustainability
Corporate Sustainability
Managing Risk
Sustainable and Green Finance
Sustainable and Operational Assessment
Sustainability Standards: Introduction and Global Review
Sustainability Standards and Asset Value
Life Cycle Analysis of Embodied and Operational Carbon and Energy
Biodiversity Conservation and Construction
Social Sustainability and Social Value

About the Author

Chris Gorse (MCIOB) is Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at the University of Loughborough and Chair of the CIOB Sustainability Panel and Policy Forum. Leading major research projects for government and industry, with a focus on the built environment, quality and energy efficiency.
Bianca Drotleff (GradIEMA) is a project manager and works with organisations who look at new sustainability approaches and tools, circular economy, zero carbon and resilient business models.

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