Sustainability occurs when a society can meet the needs of people today without compromising its ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. In a sustainable society economic, social and environmental concerns are adequately addressed, in a way that does not ignore the interconnected, systemic and global nature of these concerns. For building and construction, this means delivering buildings and communities with lower environmental impacts while enhancing health, productivity, community and quality of life. This suggests that sustainability is not limited to impacts on the natural environment, but on people and the community. This groundbreaking book will help all building design and cost professionals to understand sustainable design and will provide the technical skills needed to implement the most up-to-date concepts. Based on a hugely successful series of workshops for professionals in construction, the book takes best practice in each area and sets out how to apply the lessons learnt to your project. From the basics of materials selection through building services and ventilation strategies to guidance on post-occupancy evaluation and benchmarking performance, Sustainable Construction is a master-class in practical, sustainable design encompassing cost, environmental and social issues. It features best practice solutions, case studies and practical advice on implementation of sustainable construction techniques. It is prepared by industry experts for their peers.