Potential and implications of sustainability action plans: lessons from the Greater Middlehaven Regeneration Project

Craig Thomson, Mohamed El-Haram

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    Sustainability action plans are emerging as a management tool to facilitate the delivery of sustainability objectives which are planned, measured and achievable in practice. This research explores their potential to support an integrated approach to delivering sustainability across the phases of a construction project. A holistic approach to sustainability is promoted which aims to be understandable, managed and aligned with available sustainability assessment methods. The application of a sustainability action plan is explored in the Greater Middlehaven Regeneration Project (UK). Six key stakeholders were interviewed to consider the rational of its application, structure, role of sustainability assessment, and contribution to project development and delivery. Two workshops involving practitioners and experts in sustainable construction explored the implications for the wider context.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)108-122
    Number of pages15
    JournalBuilt Environment Project and Asset Management
    Volume4
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

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    Sustainability
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    Keywords

    • sustainable construction
    • case study
    • action plans
    • project management

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