Ecobuild asks: What does sustainability mean to you?

Ecobuild asks: What does sustainability mean to you?

Ecobuild organisers are calling on professionals across the built environment to redefine sustainability as part of a campaign to explore how the construction sector conducts business in 2016 and beyond.

What does sustainability mean now, and in the future?

“Sustainability is still very much on the agenda – in fact, a recent poll of over 2,000 industry figures found that sustainability was at the top of their list of interests, above construction, architecture and technology,” says Martin Hurn, brand director for Ecobuild.

“We’ve seen the Government withdraw financial incentives for green products and the renewables sector, but that shouldn’t affect our progress. Sustainability means so much more in 2016.

"We need a shared understanding of the sustainability drivers and objectives for every stage of the specification and supply chain. Then we can work together more effectively to deliver buildings and places that are energy efficient and enhance quality of life in a cost effective way.


“The #SustainabilityIs campaign will focus on the business case for sustainable construction from a macro level and the delivery of construction processes, through to how places, buildings and infrastructure are designed and used by occupiers and communities. We’re asking the industry to define a set of common sustainability goals for the future.”

We would encourage all built environment professionals – from architects and designers, to contractors and engineers – to share their views on the evolution of sustainability and what it should stand for using #SustainabilityIs.

Sustainability Roundtables
Responses and questions submitted via #SustainabilityIs will contribute to an industry-wide roundtable discussion on 22 June that will be chaired by Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive of the UK-GBC.

The roundtable panel will comprise high profile figures from housing organisations, local government, manufacturing and built environment sectors, including M&S, Construction Products Association, BRE and Institution of Civil Engineers. Key outcomes of the debate will be shared at an event at House of Commons later this month and published by Ecobuild.

Submit your comments and questions about what sustainability means now and in the future to or Tweet using: #SustainabilityIs

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