It has the objective to present and to be a nacional Forum of discussion about initiatives of sustainable construction that are being developed at the level of the several local and regional entities that participate on the sustainable construction. IiSBE Portugal promotes, and intends to be represented in initiatives os normative and legistative initiatives. Another aim is to certificate building sustainablity and to educate qualified professionals in Sustainable Construction Assessment (SCA).
The definition of the concept “sustainable development” has been widely discussed and suffered some mutations along the time. The first definition of “sustainable development” was:
“Sustainable development is the development that satisfies the actual needs without compromising the capacity of the future generations to satisfy theyr own needs.”
in Brundtland Report, 1987
The sustainable development is a much broader concept than the environmental protection. It implies the concern for the future generations and the maintenance or improvement of the salubrity and integrity of the environment in long terms. It includes concerns related to the quality of life - and not only the economic growth - equity between people in the present - including the prevention of the poverty -, equity between generations - the generations of the future deserve an environment at least as good as that one that we usufruct today, if not better -, and the concerns with social, sanitary and ethical issues of human well-being. It also implies that the economical development is only possible if it is within the balance between the natural and artificial systems.
The importance of the construction industry in the fulfillment of the objectives of the sustainable development was discussed for the first time in the conference of Rio de Janeiro (Rio-92). In this event the policies to increase the chances of future generations to to satisfy their needs have been discussed, through a new environment strategy oriented for the production of better adapted constructions to the environment and to the requirements of its users.
The term “sustainable construction” was defined for the first time by Professor Charles Kibert (1994) to describe the responsibilities of the construction industry in the concept and the objectives of sustainability.
Charles kibert, 1994
In summary, the sustainable construction is based on several objectives, such as:
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