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  • Sustainability in the built environment: an introduction to its definition and measurement.

  • C Atkinson, A Yates and M Wyatt

  • BRE Press
  • February 2009
  • 978-1-848060-845
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The measurement of environmental performance and sustainability in the built environment is one of the most important issues facing policy makers and industry today. This report brings together current thinking on defining and measuring sustainability. It sets out concisely the key issues in this large and complex area. This subject is rapidly moving and this introductory primer provides a clear overview of the key issues and initiatives in the UK and internationally. It outlines a representative sample of the major tools and other initiatives that encourage improved performance in this field and describes the common features of assessment tools.

Contents

Introduction
Sustainability of construction
UK tools for measuring and rating sustainability of building materials and products
BREEAM - BRE Environmental Assessment Method
CSH - Code for Sustainable Homes
DQI - Design Quality Indicator
CEEQUAL - Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award Scheme
Other tools (Environmental Profiles; The Green Guide to Specification; ENVEST)
Responsible Sourcing of construction Materials

The international standard scene:
ISO 14001 - Environmental Management Systems
European Commission Mandate M350 - Integrated Environmental Performance of Buildings
Green Globes
BREEAM International
LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Green Star
CASBEE - Comprehensive Assessment System for Building Environmental Efficiency
World GBC
UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
SBA - Sustainable Buildings Alliance
SETAC - Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Supply chain management (FSC - Forest Stewardship Council; Framework for RSM standards)
WWF - One Planet Future
GRI - Global Reporting Initiative

Common features of assessment tools
Balanced scorecard
Choice of credits
Delivery in the marketplace

Conclusions
References; Websites for tools and organisations; Glossary of terms
The measurement of environmental performance and sustainability in the built environment is one of the most important issues facing policy makers and industry today. This report brings together current thinking on defining and measuring sustainability. It sets out concisely the key issues in this large and complex area. This subject is rapidly moving and this introductory primer provides a clear overview of the key issues and initiatives in the UK ...
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