Environmental handbook for building and civil engineering projects. Part 1: design and specification (C512)

This is the first of three handbooks containing information and practical guidance on the environmental issues that are likely to be encountered during the key stages of a building or civil engineering project: design and specification; construction; and demolition and site clearance. The handbook aims to inform all those involved of their various obligations and make them aware of the opportunities that are open to them to improve both the industry’s and their projects’ environmental performance. C512 is structured by the stages in the design and specification process, from agreeing the brief to tender action and letting the construction contract(s). The layout of handbook is highly accessible, with thorough indexing for easy reference. Concise overviews of the relevant issues are given and each issue is dealt with from both a legislative and technical position. The handbook provides best practice guidance and further sources of information, and forms a useful checklist and inventory of potential environmental impacts. This publication is linked to C528, which deals with thirteen stages in the construction phase, from tendering through to handover and guidance on maintenance and records, and C529 which focuses on the key areas of concern in the demolition and site clearance process, notably legislation and policy, project planning and environmental management.

Key words: pollution prevention, environmental good practice, sustainable construction, sustainable resource use.

ISBN: 978-0-86017-512-4

Author: R Venables et al

Number of pages: 186 (loose leaf pages in binder)

Publisher: CIRIA

Date of Publication: June 2000