Basics of Sustainability

The CIOB, in conjunction with the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), is able to offer the opportunity to members to qualify as Chartered Environmentalists. The following documents offer a basic understanding of the environmental and sustainability issues that face the construction industry, and act to improve CIOB members' knowledge.

 If you’re a member or a fellow of the CIOB and you’re working on projects where sustainability is important, you can apply to become a chartered environmentalist. 

As you would expect, the CEnv qualification establishes your commitment to, and expertise in, sustainable construction. It also provides you with a network made up of more than 7,000 fellow professionals who have gained the qualification from the Society for the Environment, and you'll be able to meet them through a number of research conferences, social events and prize-giving ceremonies.

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If you are a member or a fellow of the CIOB and working on projects where sustainability is important, you can apply to become a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

As you would expect, the CEnv qualification establishes your commitment to, and expertise in, sustainable construction. It also provides you with a network made up of more than 7,000 fellow professionals who have gained the qualification from the Society for the Environment, and you'll be able to meet them through a number of conferences, social events and meetings.

These documents have been created by CIOB members and Chartered Environmentalists in the London branch Sustainability Strategy Group and have been reviewed by independent CIOB members and staff. They provide a basic overview on nine areas related to sustainable construction, and also outline the legislation involved in relation to the built environment and best practice sustainability management. Each document has a series of aims and lists areas for further reading if you are interested in further increasing your knowledge. Information on how to apply to become a CEnv is available here on the CIOB website.

Please feel free to comment on these documents - contact carbonaction2050@ciob.org.uk and let us have your feedback.

 

  • Module 1: Biosphere

    This section covers the general cycles that make up the biosphere and provides an overview on biodiversity and how it interacts with the construction industry.

Covering climate change and the carbon reduction agenda, this section outlines the causes, effects, solutions and adaptive processes surrounding climate change.

This will allow you to understand the effects of construction pollution and how to detect, prevent and control it within the built environment.

This section describes the main environmental legislation and incentives that concern the UK construction industry, and also explains Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its benefits.

This will let you recognise the various elements of an EMS, the benefits to having one in place, and how the interface of the three management systems of Environment, Health & Safety and Quality relate.

This section covers environmental auditing, including how one is conducted, what qualities are required, and what types of evidence are sought.

This section will help you to better understand EIAs, their objectives and requirements, and also to develop an understanding of the EIA process for planning decisions.

This outlines a contractors approach to environmental management throughout the construction phases with the aim of reducing any adverse impacts on a local scale.

This section allows you to understand the legislation relevant to waste management and what it means for construction companies to become waste and resource efficient.

 

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