Sustainable building needs a new language

While it is clear that the building industry has a significant environmental impact, its socio-economic benefits also need to be considered.

Doug KingThe construction industry has a communication problem. It uses completely different language from its clients when discussing the value and benefits of the property that we design and build. 

The built environment is clearly responsible for significant environmental impacts. It is regularly stated that buildings account for about 50% of the UK’s CO2 emissions and about 80% of UK water consumption. This has made construction the focus for a raft of legislation and initiatives aimed at reducing these impacts. However, the use of energy and water attributed to buildings is actually due to the people inhabiting them, plus some waste from inefficient systems and operations.

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