Developing holistic frameworks for the next generation of sustainability assessment methods for the built environment

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    It is essential for any development within the built environment aspiring to deliver a high degree of sustainability to consider the contribution that it will make to the local culture, place and systems; and the impacts of these on the wider region. In order to achieve this, a number of key issues need to be considered within the context of the entire life-cycle of a building. Current Sustainability Assessment Methods (SAMs) in the built environment are principally focused on the projected energy consumption and environmental impacts of new-build projects; tending to focus on assessment during design and construction phases, prior to the occupation of the building. A number of novel articulations of sustainable development have recently been expressed through holistic design theory and frameworks such as ‘One Planet Living’, emphasizing the need for a more holistic view to be adopted within the built environment. This paper presents the findings of an evaluation of current SAMs practice and novel articulations of sustainable development in order to identify a set of key factors required to develop a holistic framework. It explores the key social, economic and environmental factors that need to be taken into account and the requirements for future longevity and contribution to these areas. Further understanding is required of the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to sustainability to enable key areas of focus to be established for the development of the next generation of SAM’s and related policy on sustainability

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th Annual ARCOM Conference
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780955239045
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


    • built environment
    • triple bottom line
    • sustainability


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