Sustainability in development projects is influenced by: energy use; materials use; waste created; water use; ecological impact; transport; and land use. Phlorum’s services include:
- Production of energy statements;
- BREEAM assessment & Consultancy;
- Life-Cycle Carbon footprint assessment and consultancy;
- Renewable energy feasibility studies; and
What is Sustainability?
The idea of sustainability is often quoted as being influenced by three constraining “pillars”, incorporating economic, societal and environmental issues. Coined by Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland in 1987, the classic definition of sustainable development is:
“development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
Five years later, the notion of sustainable development became inextricably linked to climate change, a process which rose to international prominence at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, where the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was agreed. Since 1995 there have been annual Conferences of Parties (COP) aimed at reviewing the Convention’s implementation. The significant COP meetings since then have included COP3 where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, COP11 where the Montreal Action Plan was produced, COP15 in Copenhagen where an agreement on climate change action was unfortunately not reached, and COP17 in Durban where the Green Climate Fund was created. The recent COP21, in Paris, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference has agreed a deal to attempt to try and limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2°C.
Climate Change and Your Development
For both ethical and legal reasons, developers and designers cannot afford to ignore the issue of sustainability. If given due regard, a sustainable development will look to ensure resource conservation and social harmony throughout the lifetime of the building. Sustainability should be incorporated from the outset of a project; from design, through construction, operation, and ultimately decommission.