Exploring the potential of sustainability action plans within construction projects

Craig S. Thomson, Mohamed El-Haram

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    Abstract

    The construction industry has been identified as a key enabler in the delivery of UK national carbon emission targets and the wider principles of sustainable development. Increasingly, the industry is being challenged by evolving policy and building standards to change its product and practices to align with sustainable construction. However, delivering sustainability in practice remains a challenge partly due to a range of traditional cultural/ structural barriers, a lack of integration between the different project stages and professions, and the predominance of the carbon agenda at the expense of a broader coverage of issues. Calls are emerging for a more holistic approach to sustainability, and for this to be reflected across the stages of the project and the resultant building life cycle. In order to realise this, current project management approaches need to reflect this broader view and to engage effectively with the array of sustainability assessment methods available. Sustainability action plans have been applied in a number of contexts as a means of ensuring that sustainability objectives are planned, measured and achievable in practice. This research considers the potential offered by sustainability action plans within construction projects, by evaluating the experience in its application by forward thinking developers BioRegional Quintain Ltd in the Greater Middlehaven Regeneration Project.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th ARCOM conference
    EditorsC. Egbu
    PublisherARCOM
    Pages1085-1094
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780955239052
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

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    Keywords

    • sustainable construction
    • project management
    • action plan
    • sustainability

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    Thomson, C. S., & El-Haram, M. (2011). Exploring the potential of sustainability action plans within construction projects. In C. Egbu (Ed.), Proceedings of the 27th ARCOM conference (pp. 1085-1094). ARCOM.