Sustainability in the Construction Industry

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 117
  • Published : October 21, 2011
Open Document
Text Preview
Sustainability in
Construction Industry

Executive Summary

Sustainability is a complex topic with different components and definitions. We will simply define it as the ability to meet the needs of present day society without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The construction industry is one of the major contributors to waste

water consumption
Indoor air quality
Energy use and consumption
The need to implement sustainability has arisen due to international developments including Kyoto protocol and Agenda 21. The key topics addressed in these developments have been the future well-being of our environment that is driven by sustainable development. An increase in public awareness has also pushed to use of sustainable resources to save the environment.

Sustainable solutions are readily available but companies will have to make the first step and understand the risks and benefits involved with implementing sustainable practices.

Table of contents
Introduction3 Purpose of report4
Definition of sustainability5
Key sustainability aspects6

Sustainable Solutions7
Indoor air quality9

Implications for implementing sustainability11
Green washing12

Financial benefits13
Risk Management13
Health and well-being13



With the growing concerns of pollution and its effects on global warming, Sustainability has become a ‘hot topic’ for the public and private business sector. Sustainability has been defined in many ways with various components but for this report, the most appropriate and simple definition can be that of the 1987 ‘The Brundtland Report’ as: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need”.

As we move further into the 21st Century, an increase in environmental conscious consumers has resulted in a market trend referred to as environmental consumerism, Carlson, Grove and Kilbourne (1994). Consumers are now more concerned about sustainability and this behavior has had a major impact on their purchases, consumption and disposal of goods and services. For any business who seeks to survive, environmentally sustainable methods of practice must be implemented. Construction is one of the major contributors to environmental waste and excessive consumption of non-renewable resources. As part of the construction industry, Management Foundations Construction is among the large producers of waste and an intensive user of raw materials and energy. Due to the increased demand from both consumers and international developments such as the Kyoto protocol, a change must be introduced to create a more environmentally sustainable alternative throughout the construction practice and design stage of the business life cycle.

Purpose of Report
The purpose of this report is to research the implications of environmental sustainability practices in the construction industry and recommend to the board of Management Foundations Construction whether pursuing these new areas of organisational behaviour are likely to contribute to organisational productivity and sustainability.

To gain a complete understanding of the issues related to this topic, the report has been divided in sections;

1.Definition of sustainability and its importance
2.Sustainable solutions
3.Implications for implementing sustainability

Definition of Sustainability
As discussed above, sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. From this definition, it...
tracking img