Reducing the impact of construction on the environment

A collaboration between Oxford Brookes and the construction industry has resulted in an environmental profiling system that enables designers and constructors to select materials and components with the lowest environmental impact.

Construction has long been recognised as one of the most resource-hungry and therefore least sustainable industries in the world. However we continue to depend on buildings of all kinds – our homes, offices, hospitals, shops, cultural centres and more. Despite increasing awareness of the need to develop a more sustainable approach within the construction industry, this proved difficult without a reliable method of evaluating and comparing the environmental impacts of different construction materials.

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