Charting a course towards a digital, sustainable built environment

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sustainable built environment, built environment, Sustainable Development

A new publication explores the actions that will need to be taken by the construction sector over the next 20 years if we are to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), on carbon reduction targets

Four Futures, One Choice has been developed by the Centre for Digital Built Britain as part of the Construction Innovation Hub’s transformative programme, presents four possible future scenarios for what the construction sector of 2040 could look like.

The four scenarios provide insight into a series of swift and decisive actions that can both aid the sector’s Covid-19 recovery and, in the longer-term, lead to a more sustainable built environment.

The four scenarios were developed by identifying a number of potential driving forces and factors.

These included:

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

17 goals set by the United Nations that envision a world where the sustainable built environment is a platform for the flourishing society and the natural world;

Dependency ratio

Ameasure of the number of dependents aged between 0 to 15 and aged 68 or over, compared with the total population aged 16 to 67.

Identify, refine and develop solutions

Construction Innovation Hub programme director, Keith Waller, said: “The scenarios explored in this book reinforce the need to move on from opting for the cheapest option and instead shift the focus towards what’s best for the future.

“Our Value Toolkit is designed to get the sector thinking and talking more about the value and reframe the way decisions affecting the built environment are made and ensure that impacts on the environment and society are considered as part of this process.

“Another area where we are actively working to shape the future is our focus on digitally designed components.

“Our Platform Design Programme will develop and embed these principles, helping to create new platform solutions that can be deployed across multiple projects and sectors so that the components can be used as part of a school, hospital, prison building or station.

“By working with industry, we aim to identify, refine and develop solutions that can be deployed at scale.

“If we make the right choices now, we can look forward to a transformed natural and built environment in 2040 that is powered by a growing skilled construction workforce, highly literate in using data securely for the public good.”

Four Futures, One Choice, which was released in summary format, will be available as an open access e-book from December 2020.

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