Re-inventing Construction: Proceedings of the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2010

34 Frankly, I can no longer stand the word sustainability. Architects brag about making sustainable buildings as if this was something special, whereas by now sustainability should be as essential as fire safety and structural stability. I hope that in five years it will no longer be necessary to speak explicitly of sustainable construction. Throughout my career as an architect and engineer, I have always treated sustainability as an integrated aspect of architecture and construction, not as an additional or optional gimmick. If we begin to look at the role the building industry plays in sustainability, we find that more than 50 percent of the natural resources used worldwide are con- sumed by the building industry alone. The building industry is also responsible for 50 percent of the total waste produced, and accounts for more than 35 percent of the total energy consumption in the world. When we look closely at resources, and resource consumption, it is quite obvious that there must be a reduction in the amount of material and energy used in buildings. I use the terms Material- REDUCE CO 2 Architecture Isn’t Here to Stay Toward a Reversibility of Construction Werner Sobek