- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 01 Oct 2020
PESTLE is list of areas that can be analysed to help assess the position of a business in relation to external factors. These are factors that may have implications on its trading abilities in both the long and short term.
A PESTLE analysis can form part of a risk management strategy. When a PESTLE analysis is undertaken by a business, a short report is generally prepared highlighting any possible implications on future trading potential, setting out both opportunities and threats.
The acronym PESTLE stands for:
- Political: For example, a change in government is likely to have an effect on the construction sector.
- Environmental: Such as the impact of a government target to cut emissions.
- Social: An ageing population and an increase in requirements for single person homes may impact on the types of buildings required.
- Technological: Advances in broadband technology, or the adoption of BIM may change the ways we work.
- Legal: Planning legislation, building regulations, case law and so on.
- Economic: Government spending has historically been used to regulate the economy, with significant impacts on construction.
This is a variation on PEST analysis which is restricted to Political, Economic, Social, and Technological influences.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
Saint Michael’s Kirkyard - a Presbyterian Valhalla. Book review.
Facing the impact of the COVID and the internet.
Preparing for the return of employees.
Using rainscreen walls to address energy efficiency.
Integrity of fire product marketing - post-Grenfell - addressed.
Data measurement and carbon reduction efforts.
Actuate UK issues stark warning.
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities replaces MHCLG.
Protecting heritage from disasters. Book review.
Three structures forever changed people's lives for the better.
ECA comments on findings of BEIS Green Jobs Task Force.