A sustainable construction industry:
... will design better products and services reducing the environmental impacts from the use of energy, resources and hazardous substances?;
... will reduce, and ultimately eliminate waste in construction through improved design, procurement, and greater reuse and recycling of resources?; and
...will support the reuse ?of existing built assets and the construction of new, long lasting, energy conscious and future-proof (adaptable and flexible) buildings and structures which are easy to maintain, operate and deconstruct.?
(Crown copyright: Draft Strategy for Sustainable Construction A consultation paper, BERR 2007)
Sustainable construction can also support social aspects such as supporting skills development, inclusion and innovation, and understanding and responding to issues such as fuel poverty and vulnerable communities and individuals.
(Source: Advantage West Midlands (AWM), 2009, www.advantagewm.co.uk)