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Introduction Sustainable development has been defined in many ways, but the most frequently quoted definition is from the Brundtland report (United Nations, 1987): “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainable construction is concerned with the economic, social, and environmental impact of creating buildings. Therefore it requires designers and contractors to employ building practices that will not cause long-term damage to the environment. Sustainable buildings are designed to be energy efficient, to be healthy for the users of the building, and to reduce pollution and waste. Sustainable construction is based on the three pillars of sustainability: "people, planet, and profit.” Fig 0.1 - Sustainability Chart (2013), Available at: http://www.downtownsquamish.com/userfiles/image/SustainablityChart.jpg This assignment takes the form of a reflective essay where a holistic view is taken of how sustainability in construction might be best achieved. In order to write the essay, research was undertaken to explore various methods of achieving sustainability in the design and construction of buildings as defined in the Brundtland Report. I then condensed the information down and presented it in this report from a subjective viewpoint. Following my research, this essay is broken down into key areas that I believe are paramount in achieving sustainability in construction. They are as follows: 1. Biodiversity Protection & Enhancement 2. Waste Minimisation 3. Recycling Maximisation and Landfill Minimisation 4. Sustainably/ Responsibly Sourced Materials 5. Reduction of Energy and Water Consumption I will give an exampl... ... middle of paper ... ...0) Available at: http://assets.inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/08/passive-solar-section.jpg Concluding Remarks From my research into the sustainability in construction, an endless array of sustainable techniques and technologies were available. This is most definitely a sign of the times. People are becoming more aware of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle as the current rate of consumption of the finite resources on our planet. The way humankind has been exploiting the worlds resources is no longer viable. Climate change is becoming a reality every day. Oil is no longer a fuel that can be relied on in the future as it is simply running out. It is our responsibility as designers and specifiers to introduce this concept of sustainability into the built environment. I believe this essay has been an exercise in exploring a handful of those methods.

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