Last edited 29 Oct 2020

Building a better quality of life: A strategy for more sustainable construction

In May 1999, the Government published ‘A better quality of life – a strategy for sustainable development for the United Kingdom’. This report suggested that sustainable development was about ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come whilst achieving social, economic and environmental objectives. It proposed the following priorities:

In April 2000 the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions published ‘Building a Better Quality of Life: A strategy for more sustainable construction’.

In it, they stated that the strategy, ‘…aims to provide a catalyst for change in construction across the United Kingdom. It identifies priority areas for action, and suggests indicators and targets to measure progress. It sets out action that the Government has already taken and further initiatives that are planned, and highlights what others can do. The Government will use the Strategy as a framework to guide its policies towards construction, and will encourage people involved in construction to do the same.’

The objectives of the report were listed as:

The report suggested ‘sustainable development’ means meeting needs in ways which deliver:

Ten themes for action were proposed for the construction industry to implement the strategy:

Nick Raynsford MP, then the Construction Minister, said:

‘This Strategy for more sustainable construction is a significant milestone on the road to a more socially and environmentally responsible, better-regarded construction industry. It creates a framework within which the industry can make a strong contribution to the better quality of life signalled by our sustainable development strategy. In its preparation, I think we have captured the very real desire for change which now exists within the industry and amongst its clients.’

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