by C Atkinson, A Yates and M Wyatt (16-Feb-2009)
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.
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From ’The Environmentalist’, magazine of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment:
Another title in this publisher’s series of compact, informative guides, this report summarises the issues faced by the construction industry when challenged to ensure sustainability is enforced and measured. Designed to provide an introduction rather than a comprehensive guide, the report outlines a sample of the tools and initiatives used to ensure enhanced performance in this wide, complex and ever-changing field. Brief and well illustrated, this title is an excellent starting point for those new to this particular area of sustainability.
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