Construction clients and governments recognise the significant impact the design, construction and occupation of buildings have on the environment and society. The construction industry and governments have a central role in driving the sustainable development agenda. Good sustainable design can deliver buildings with low running costs-an attribute that is highly attractive to both the society and businesses. The aim of this paper was therefore to examine the integration of sustainability principles into construction projects. The review provided key evidence of the link between sustainability and better project performance, through the integration of sustainability principles. In addition, it proposed a sustainable framework for better construction project, based on the philosophies of sustainable construction. Consideration and understanding from client is essential for the integration of sustainable principles into construction project. Right contractors and suppliers must be selected to ensure a sustainable project delivery. It is worth noting that, not all sustainable factors are applicable to every type of project, due to the complexity nature of the construction industry. It was found that the integration of sustainable principles in construction project is significant to manage the current environment issue and attain significant improvements in performance. What the construction industry must consider is the integration of sustainable principles into construction project and sufficient trainings from respective construction industry bodies such as Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) to ensure their correct application.
Last date updated on June, 2014