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Programme on Sustainable
Design & Construction
Rather than formulating a bland global model for Sustainable Design
& Construction, separate responses must be developed for each
of these very different regions ......
the Middle East,
Central America & the Caribbean,
in order to ensure the greatest degree of suitability to local
geography, climate, economy, culture and need.
four major obstacles, however, which hinder or prevent this work
from even beginning in many countries ......
European Union - because of a colonial history, its highly evolved
legal base underpinning an extensive array of policies and action
programmes relating to energy, environmental and sustainable development
concerns, and because of specific commitments arising from the
Protocol - is well placed, and legally/morally obliged,
to lead by example and produce a first comprehensive outline for
one of these regional responses to the 1992 Rio Declaration
and Agenda 21.
from the European
Charter on Sustainable Design & Construction
at a Consensus on 'Sustainable Human and Social Development'
Europe must decide, now and not later, whether its own future
development, and its relationships with other global regions,
will take the course of ........
as usual' ;
as usual - but with merely cosmetic tinkering at the edges'
human and social development'.
Charter on Sustainable Design & Construction raises
the issues which must be addressed, and the manner in which this
decision should be made.
- A Sustainability
Strategy & Futures Scenario for Europe
Union already has an existing, highly evolved legal base
which underpins an extensive array of policies and actions
relating to sustainable human and social development. Together
with the legally binding commitments agreed in the 1997 Kyoto
Protocol, Europe is well positioned, and morally bound, to
produce a comprehensive 'sustainability strategy' for this
with core values being social justice, solidarity and inclusion.
The 1997 E.U. Amsterdam Treaty makes the formulation of this
strategy a necessity.
Existing futures scenarios should be revised to take account of the recent E.U.
enlargement (2004-05-01), and the next phases of enlargement .... including
Scenario for Western Europe.
Action Programme on Sustainable Design & Construction for
Critically, emphasis must be placed on creative design, competent
implementation, reliable targeting and benchmarking of performance
- and a fundamental re-organization of our European institutional
components in the Action Programme are ........
elaboration of detailed construction
related sustainability performance indicators
at European, regional and local levels
- and the development of a sustainability
label award scheme to give direction to this enormous
at international level, this organization was the first
to produce a fundamental
matrix which established the overall framework for
managing construction related indicators )
the wide dissemination of practical planning, design, construction
/ de-construction, management and operation guidance ;
production of a sharp, focused
research and technical control agenda -
initially for the period up to 2010 .... and serious preparations should now
be in train for the period 2011 - 2040.
Human Environment as Negative Internal Forcing on the Earth
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