Surveyors must be equipped to lead on green building practice

SCSI members acknowledge the urgency of sustainable development, but need support to fully embed it in their business operations, according to a recent report by the body

Dr Róisín Murphy, senior lecturer at TU Dublin, and Shirley Coulter, chief executive of the SCSI: industry stakeholders, investors, lenders and clients are increasingly demanding transparent environmental credentials. Picture: Julien Behal

The built environment sector is pivotal in generating economic value and employment in the provision of infrastructure, housing, commercial and social assets.

However, the sector uses a sizeable portion of natural resources and accounts for almost 40 per cent of CO2 emissions globally. It is essential that stakeholders rethink how to deliver much-needed housing and infrastructure on a sustainable basis for our growing population.

Surveying professionals advise clients over the whole life of the built ...