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  • PublisherCIBSE
  • Product CodeGVL
  • Number of pages73
  • Publication DateOct 2007
  • ISBN9781903287828

GVL CIBSE Guide L: Sustainability (under revision)


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GVL CIBSE Guide L: Sustainability (under revision)

Important Note: This edition of Guide L is CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW and has been removed from sale until that review and validation process is completed.

The electronic (pdf) version has been retained within the Knowledge Portal for archive and interest only.

CIBSE Guide L: Sustainability forms part of a ‘Sustainability Toolkit' that consists of three elements:

1. Guide L: Sustainability

  • The full Guide sets out some fundamental principles which, when followed, will deliver more sustainable buildings
  • It emphasises the importance of influencing the brief and adopting a strategic approach, looking at opportunities that are open at the early design stages of a project and includes summaries and case studies of sustainable techniques and technologies
  • It contains a number of key actions which relate to design, construction, commissioning, building handover and operation, helping building services engineers across the sector.

2. The Introduction to Sustainability

This publication covered the origins and meaning of sustainability and the drivers to contribute to a more sustainable built environment. Introduction to sustainability can be downloaded here.

3. Online Sustainability Engineering Tool

Allows users to generate a shortlist of good practice measures related to a specific sustainability issue and pick the ones which are suitable for their particular building, along with references to relevant guidance documents, not just from CIBSE, but from BSRIA, BRE and CIRIA among others.

CIBSE Guide L: Sustainability will be invaluable in helping engineers to improve the environmental performance of buildings. It will also be beneficial to any professional in the construction industry, as sustainability is the concern of everyone who is involved in the design, construction, operation and, eventually, the demolition of buildings.


1. Introduction

1.1: Purpose of this Guide
1.2: Scope
1.3: Intended readership
1.4: Structure
1.5: The role of engineers in sustainability
1.6: How to use Guide L
1.7: Principles of sustainability
1.8: Extent of guidance provided

2. Influencing clients and projects

2.1: Influencing the strategic brief
2.2: Agreeing realistic and measurable targets
2.3: Understanding client needs
2.4: Term of appointment
2.5: Key actions

3. Sustainability strategy

3.1: Energy and low carbon strategy
3.2: Water management strategy
3.3: Adapting buildings for climate change
3.4: Flood risk
3.5: Sustainable drainage strategy
3.6: Transport strategy
3.7: Ecology strategy
3.8: Health and wellbeing
3.9: Waste strategy
3.10: Lifecycle impacts of materials and equipment
3.11: Local environment and community

4. Supporting the planning application

4.1: Planning policies
4.2: Planning submission documents
4.3: Key actions

5. New design and refurbishment

5.1: Energy efficient, low carbon design
5.2: Water efficient design
5.3: Pollution management
5.4: Health and wellbeing
5.5: Waste management and recycling
5.6: Selection of materials and equipment
5.7: Local environment and community
5.8: Alternative arrangements for providing sustainable technologies

6. Construction

6.1: Procurement
6.2: Construction site impacts
6.3: Supporting the development of local jobs
6.4: Building log books
6.5: Key actions

7. Buildings in use

7.1: Achieving sustainability in operation
7.2: Commissioning and re-commissioning
7.3: Post occupancy evaluation
7.4: Facilities engineering, maintenance and operation
7.5: Energy and water management
7.6: Small works
7.7: Re-engineering systems
7.8: Inspections and surveys
7.9: Key actions

8. End of life

8.1: Key actions

9. Summary




Principal authors: David Cheshire (Faber Maunsell) and Zac Grant (Faber Maunsell)
Contributing authors: Georgia Arnott (Faber Maunsell); Miles Attenborough (Faber Maunsell); Emma Hickling (Faber Maunsell); Electra Stratigaki (Faber Maunsell)

Steering Committee:
Chair: Brian Moss
Members: Laurence Aston (AMEC); Andrea Beddard (Arup); Vic Crisp (CIBSE); Hywel Davies (CIBSE); Andrew Ford (Fulcrum Consulting)
Other acknowledgements: Nick Barnard (Faber Maunsell); Chloe Bennett (Faber Maunsell); Ron Decaux; Ruth Fletcher (Faber Maunsell); Aleksandra Krstanovic (Faber Maunsell); Brian Mark
(Fulcrum Consulting); Simon Middleditch (Faber Maunsell); Tessa Parnell (Fulcrum
Consulting); Ben Smith (Faber Maunsell); Steve Vaughan (Faber Maunsell); Terry Wyatt
(Hoare Lea)