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Overview – Today’s lesson
• What is sustainability?
• Construction: What do we do?
•Video: Google a new approach
• Tile Manufacture: An Analysis
Sustainability: A Definition
"meet present needs without compromising the
ability of future generations to meet their needs“
Sustainability is a long term approach to environmental protection and
process improvements. Sustainable design prevents pollution from the
start and calls for systems thinking, which acknowledges the connections
between the economy, the environment and social responsibility.
However the term is increasingly recognised in the context of the
environment and how we can sustain ourselves on the planet.
Sustainability: Scottish Government
The goal of sustainable development is to enable all people throughout the
world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality of life without
compromising the quality of life of future generations
Scottish Government 2012
How does the environment affect us?
•Exposure to the Sun
Question: Can you name any other effects changes
in the environment may have on how we live?
The Environment: What we do
Do we have an affect on the environment?
Yes! of course we do but how?
What drives Environmental impact?
Environmental impact is traditionally propelled by the population,
affluence and technological advances.
What does this mean?
Measuring the Impact
How is environmental impact measured?
The most common measure of environmental impact is through CO2
What are CO2 emissions?
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas released from the burning of fossil fuels,
mammal exhalation and by the decaying of most organic solid objects. It is
believed to be responsible for global warming, which in turn is responsible for
erosion of the ozone layer.
What do you think? Is nuclear safe and sustainable?
Nuclear power is the most affordable large-scale
low-carbon energy source currently available to
the UK. A new generation of nuclear power
stations could help the UK fulfil its commitments
to tackling climate change and realise its vision of
a secure, affordable electricity supply.
The UK Government believes new nuclear power
stations should form part of a low-carbon energy
system. (EDF 2012)
What areas of construction affect the environment?
What has the industry done to address this?
What can we do as individuals in the construction
This stage represents the first opportunity to maximise a
sustainable sustainable building and construction benefits.
This stage sets the direction for the future use/s of the
building and should consider the effects on the local
environment from construction through to the end life of the
The choice of building materials is important
Many factors should be considered including the
climate, material source and the existing
Why Build New?
Reusing or refurbishing existing buildings will
reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
and could help preserve heritage and cultural
Refurbishment of a building can reduce operating
and maintenance costs, reduce waste, increase
building performance, extend the life of the building
and can be more sustainable than demolishing the
building and building a new structure. Refurbishment
can be both partial (replacing windows) or total for
example a whole building
Google in California takes Sustainability to a different
Wall and Floor Tiling: An Example
Johnson Tiles: A British Tile Manufacturer based in Stoke
on Trent, England
To uphold their longstanding commitment to environmental
They have had a formal environmental policy in place since 1992.