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|Sustainable Construction: Practical Guidance for Planners and Developers
DTI Partners in Innovation
The project and the plan
Audience and scope
Plumbing Services in London
DTI Partners in Innovation
The Department for Trade and Industry Partners in
Innovation research programme was a collaborative scheme where
Government funded up to 50% of the costs of successful projects. The
scheme is now closed for applications but there is a residual commitment
to be spent over the next three years. The programme aimed to
demonstrate and develop new & innovative technologies that can
contribute to sustainable practice, or support projects that develop the
tools & understanding necessary to make sustainability more
pervasive. This project received 50% funding from the programme and our
thanks go to the DTI for providing the opportunity for this project to
All future construction research will be funded through the new
DTI Business Support Products including the SME focussed Grant for
Research and Development, The Grant for Collaborative Research and
Development and Knowledge Transfer Networks. Further details can be
found at www.dti.gov.uk/technologyprogramme.
The project was initiated on the basis that planners, RDAs and
local authorities are increasingly being tasked with delivering and
implementing national and regional sustainable development strategies in
relation to new development and regeneration of existing areas. In turn
developers are increasingly being asked to address sustainable design
and construction in the schemes they provide but there is currently
little clear guidance and agreement on what this specifically entails
and what is practical or reasonable to deliver within current economic
The main aim of the project was to bring together
those tasked with promoting and controlling development and those who
deliver development, and come up with a practical set of measures that
could be requested and delivered on different types of sites. We also
explored the mechanisms available to ensure the measures are adopted in
future development and produced training for planners, RDAs, local
authorities and developers on the measures they should be
promoting/adopting and the actions they can take to make sure they are
Audience and Scope
• Planners in local authorities and regional development agencies
• Developers (both commercial and housing)
The project focused on the development of
buildings and settlements that are controlled or influenced by RDAs or
local authority planners and which involve a developer(s) to deliver.
The measures considered for addressing sustainable
development will cover some of the environmental and social impacts
associated with the design and construction of buildings and their
related infrastructure. The measures will tend to be limited to those
that are practical to cost on an individual basis.
• Provide a clear understanding of the intervention points and leverage
mechanisms that will enable the measures identified to be included in
• Provide a clear understanding of the priorities of planners, RDAs and developers in delivering development.
• Review and agree those measures that can be taken on by developers in
the planning, design and construction of developments to better promote
Sustainable Development and which are practical to deliver within
current economic frameworks (these may differ by region).
• Make point of steps that can be taken to improve planning within the construction industry e.g. getting quotes from suppliers at earlier dates, keep construction zones clear by employing regular rubbish clearance services, report on all steps taken and note who was part of each communication.
• Develop training and guidance for RDAs, planners and developers on the
measures identified including their costs and benefits and the
mechanism for promoting their delivery.
• First workshops entitled ‘Understanding your agenda’ were carried out
in Autumn 2003 providing an opportunity for participants to meet other
planners and developers in an informal venue to engage in a discussion
about achieving consensus in sustainable development. The aim was to
understand the agenda, constraints and opportunities for all relating to
the delivery of more sustainable developments. Current mechanisms for
promoting such developments were discussed, mainly relating to the
• Identification of the costs and benefits of sustainable development
measures to be used as a tool by planners and developers in the
identification of realistic ambitions for development sites.
• Second workshops entitled ‘Towards consensus – agreeing reasonable and
achievable measures’ were carried out in Spring 2004 to provide an
opportunity to discuss packages of measures developed and the best
method of disseminating the project outputs through training.
• Development of training packages (CD-Rom and web-based) that can be
used by the target audiences on completion of the project. This website
contains the training material.
• Running of 3 regional training days for partner organisations and other invitees held Autumn 2004.
The project demonstrated the value that can be gained from
planners and developers from the same region sitting down and talking
about the issues surrounding sustainable design and construction, not
specific to a particular scheme.
Feedback from the workshops and the training was
very positive. Participants found the sessions very useful, both because
of the relevance of the material covered and because of the interaction
and informal dialogue between the different disciplines.
Lead Partner and project co-ordinator
Sustainable Development Group
T: 020 7601 1659
F: 020 7601 1666
Sustainable Development Group (SDG) at FaberMaunsell has a long history
of promoting sustainable development and assisting in the development
of buildings and communities with greatly reduced impacts on the
environment. FaberMaunsell Sustainable Development Group is dedicated to
providing sustainability advice to the construction industry. For more
than twenty years our specialist team of consultants have been working
with design teams, developers, clients and the Government to find
practical, cost effective means of improving the environmental
performance of developments and individual buildings.
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