Things change: exploring transformational experiences within the UK construction industry

Pooley, Alison (2016) Things change: exploring transformational experiences within the UK construction industry. In: International SEEDS Conference 2016: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society, 14-15 September 2016, Leeds Beckett University.

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Our built environment has a significant impact on energy consumption, resource depletion, and ecological degradation - reducing this impact is imperative. Existing policies and research are dominated by the assumption that increased regulation, and an improvement in professional skills and knowledge, will address these issues. Conventional attempts at improving dissemination of good practice are questioned as the construction industry makes slow progress towards environmental responsibility1 . This paper argues for looking beyond a technical or regulatory fix, by exploring the potential opportunities for change that lie within the relationships between experience, learning, and the transformation of individual and professional perspectives. A transformation beyond that of acquiring skills and knowledge alone. An emphasis is placed on examining current practice of profligate energy and material use, whilst addressing the wider ethical and environmental responsibilities of equity and fairness. The paper outlines research based on twenty-two intensive interviews with individuals who worked on building projects with a clear commitment to an environmental agenda beyond that required by building regulation. Individual experiences are explored through nine key emergent themes, which in turn inform potential opportunities for future transformation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: environmental responsibility, transformation, learning
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Dr Alison Pooley
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 09:28
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:59

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