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Sustainability is a critical issue for the construction industry. In the short term, sustainability is often seen as a "must do" item. In the longer term, all contractors will be seeing it as a source of competitive advantage. Public sector construction, infrastructure and other large projects such as the Thames Gateway and the Olympics in 2012 are all being driven down this route by pressure from Government.
Uly Ma's "No Waste: Sustainability in Construction" is an extremely practical guide to managing sustainability in construction that draws on input from all the related stakeholders: the construction industry itself, the clients, designers and architects and the trades. The book explores how the industry can transform itself from business as before to business as it should be, from the micro level of good site practices to setting the right policies that drives a company onwards. The text covers the management of sustainability and the accompanying CD-ROM includes a wealth of material such as tool kits, templates and activities that can be shared throughout the organisation and used for team meetings, communication and training.
About the book
Part 1 Talking About Sustainability: Sustainability and all that
- Money and tension
- Going forwards, backwards, sideways or nowhere?
- People, construction and sustainability: the social elements
- Capabilities, skills and 'green skills'
- Sustainability: confusion in the workplace
- Managing sustainability: your personal effectiveness
Part 2 The Anti-Sustainability: Introducing waste: the anti-sustainability
- Dealing with waste
Part 3 Sustainability Policy: Policy and agenda
Part 4 Doing Sustainability: Going forward
- Doing it!
- The Lovelace list: a balanced social sustainability scorecard
- Using the Lovelace list
- Improving the way we work
- Respect, recognition and rewards: the 3Rs that sugar coat the implementation
- Transforming the organisation
- Was Egan right? Thoughts on sustainability in construction
Dr Uly Ma is principle consultant with Greenfile Developments, an organisation specialising in process improvement, lean operations and sustainability. He was winner of the 2005 "National Green Apple Award on Waste Management" and developed the NoWaste programme with Bovis Lend Lease which was the Waste Initiative of the Year at Building Magazine's Sustainability Awards 2006. Uly has worked with construction industry partners including: Balfour Beatty Workplace, Bovis Lend Lease, BRE, Carillion, CIRIA, Constructing Excellence, Costain, Highways Agency, Laing O'Rourke, Mace, McCarthy and Stone, Skanska as well as UCATT and Unite, the trades unions. He is a visiting fellow at London South Bank University where he teaches lean operations, project management and personal effectiveness on the MBA programme.