Special CIB Publication  (Luc Bourdeau, CSTB)

Agenda 21 on Sustainable Construction

The Agenda 21on Sustainable Construction is intended to be a global intermediary between those general Agendas in existence, i.e. the Brundtland Report and the Habitat Agenda, and the required national/regional Agendas for the built environment and the construction sector current or in the course of development. It should be a conceptual framework that defines the links between the global concept of sustainable development and the construction sector and enables other Agendas on a local or sub-sectorial level to be compared and co-ordinated and to define detailed mesures appropriately responsive to the local context.

The three principal objectives for this Agenda 21 for Sustainable Construction are:

Executive summary by CIB

You find more information about Agenda 21 on Sustainable Construction in CIB Info Bulletin 99/3 in CIB webpages.


Figure 1. Resulting Challenges and Actions.


You can view the Agenda 21 on Sustainable Construction and the Executive Summary in pdf format:

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CIB Report Publication 237

ISBN 90-6363-015-8



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This Agenda 21 on Sustainable Construction is the final result of the process that commenced within CIB in 1995 whose principal component was an in-depth and searching analysis of the future directions of, and optimal ways to engage in international collaboration on research and innovation in building and construction.

CIB, as the leading international organisation for collaboration in this field, recognised early on the importance of environmental concerns and commitment in all its activities. Working groups whose scopes and terms of reference bore a direct environmental significance and orientation were already being set up in the beginning of the 1980s. The recognition of the importance of the building and construction sector for a sustainable development to be attained, prompted CIB to select Sustainable Construction as the Theme for the period leading up to the CIB World Building Congress 1998 in Gävle, Sweden. Not indeed as a to pic for a three-year period only but rather as the Theme that will exercise a major influence for the future on the building and con­struction sector worldwide. This noticeable concentration of attention grew also from the conviction that CIB by this means would at best serve its membership of R&D organisations and industry.

To attain the broadest possible consensus in the work leading up to the Cong­ress and the Agenda 21 for Sustainable Construction, CIB has co-operated and communicated with other international associations knowled­ged as being of the highest repute. CERF, RILEM, IEA and ISIAQ are among those organisations that have contributed experts and specialist knowledge as the process unfolded.

Christer Sjöström

Immediate Past President of CIB and Chairman of the CIB Co-ordinating Committee for Sustainable Construction

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