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Agenda 21 Sustainable Construction.

By : Chrisna Du Plessis

The construction industry and its activities are responsible for a substantial amount of global resource use and waste emissions. It also has an important role to play in socio-economic development and quality of life. The need was subsequently identified for an internationally agreed agenda for sustainable construction to guide the industry in preparing for and implementing the principles of sustainability and support Agenda 21 and the Habitat Agenda. An Agenda 21 on Sustainable Construction was published in 1999 (CIB Publication 237). As it was realized that conditions in developing countries may require a different approach to that followed in developed countries, a separate Agenda 21 for Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries was commissioned by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). To set the scene for discussions regarding the scope and contents of the final Agenda, and to identify common issues, barriers, challenges and opportunities, a First Discussion Document has been prepared. This document is based on nine expert position papers from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The following section is from this First Discussion Document. The full text of the First Discussion Document, as well as the nine position papers, are available on All interested parties are invited to participate in the development of the final Agenda by posting comments and other inputs on this website.

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