No waste : managing sustainability in construction by Uly Ma

By Uly Ma

Contents: Preface; concerning the publication; creation; half 1 speaking approximately Sustainability: Sustainability and all that; funds and stress; Going forwards, backwards, sideways or nowhere?; humans, building and sustainability: the social parts; functions, abilities and 'green skills'; Sustainability: confusion within the place of work; dealing with sustainability: your individual effectiveness. half 2 The Anti-Sustainability: Introducing waste: the anti-sustainability; facing waste. half three Sustainability coverage: coverage and schedule. half four Doing Sustainability: Going ahead; Doing it!; The Lovelace checklist: a balanced social sustainability scorecard; utilizing the Lovelace checklist; bettering the best way we paintings; recognize, attractiveness and rewards: the 3Rs that sugar coat the implementation; remodeling the service provider; was once Egan correct? strategies on sustainability in development; Appendices; Index

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20 (We also call it ‘climate change’ now because ‘global warming’ probably sent the wrong message: it sounds too nice and cosy. ) But the climate change message appears apocalyptic – life as we know it might end, will end or must end. And it is going to happen soon. How soon? Well, if you need to ask, then you probably deserve to eat your dinner underwater. 21 There are still voices claiming that climate change and sustainability are conspiracies by nefarious governments or large corporations or worse, by both.

Can construction really be sustainable or is it just marketing hype (or ‘emotional claptrap’)? 8 N o Wa s t e • Just how likely are we to go and do sustainability now with the industry in a depressed state because of the global recession or the tepid recovery? Besides the questions, we also need to understand some truths about sustainability: • It is all things to everyone and therefore it is hard to get it right. • It belongs to everyone so it is difficult to tell people what to do. • It is both emotional and practical, so it is not easily managed or regulated.

21 There are still voices claiming that climate change and sustainability are conspiracies by nefarious governments or large corporations or worse, by both. However, in some sense, it does not matter whether climate change is real or rumour, nor does it matter how you see it. It does not matter whether you are a fervent disciple or an utter sceptic, it does not matter at all whether you believe yourself a victim or know yourself as a villain. The only fact that really matters is that sustainability is here and it will not go away.

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