The Success of the Implementation of the Strategic Plan

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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN CONSTRUCTIONSUMMARYThe public and private developers need to comply with the strategies that contain policiesto ensure sustainable construction. The success of the implementation of the strategic plan for2050 in the United Kingdom requires technology, materials, and Building Regulations. There is agreat need to house more people as the population is constantly increasing and there is need tomanage the housing to ensure everyone gets decent housing (Halliday, 2008). The paper seeks toanalyze how the zero-carbon design technologies are implemented and the factors that couldaffect its implementation.INTRODUCTIONThe domestic sector in the United Kingdom account for a large percentage of the energyconsumption (Barrett, et al, n.d.). The major energy consumers are space and water heating asopposed to lighting and electrical appliances. Some statistics prove that the older a building is thepoorer its energy performance. When the space heating is saved, there is a significant scope forenergy efficiency improvements. The structure, construction process and the occupancy processare deemed environmentally responsible and resource efficient in sustainable construction. Thepractice is maintained throughout the building’s entire life cycle from the site location, to design,construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. The main aim of greenconstruction is to have development that satisfies the needs of the current population withoutaffecting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Abidin, 2010). Construction isconsidered sustainable if it enhances living, working and leisure environment for the population,consumes minimum energy as well as generating minimum waste over its life cycle. Such aconstruction integrates with the natural environment and ensures the use of renewable resourceswhere possible. Green construction avoids causing permanent damage to the natural environmentby demolitions and consumption of a large amount of resources. It is rather consideredunsustainable when it causes unnecessary waste of energy, water or materials due to short life,poor design, inefficiency or the low standard construction techniques (Ortiz, et al, 2009).LOW/ZERO-CARBON DESIGN TECHNOLOGYThe zero or low carbon design technologies seek to introduce high standards of fabric energyefficiency so as to reduce the energy demand and to incorporate low carbon energy technologiesto reduce the carbon emissions from heat and power generation. The projects require a hugeinvestment in the carbon-saving infrastructure deployment in the construction of residential andcommercial sites (John, et al, 2005).1.Selection of low carbon construction materialsThe aim of the sustainable construction is to reduce wastage and carbon emissions whileensuring that the natural resources are maintained for the future generations. The zero carbondesign technologies implemented usually seek to reduce the need for energy as well as utilize
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