The Built Environment

Paul chose to specialise on sustainable development issues within the built environment because urbanisation is resulting in more people than ever before living in cities. Providing a built environment that provides citizens with an adequate quality of life, whilst addressing the sustainability issues is the big challenge for the 21st century. A more efficient built environment is essential to solve the big sustainability issues that are caused by human consumption and behaviour. The issues vary and include material scarcity, food and energy security climate change and biodiversity loss.

Paul advocates a systems approach in order to minimise wasteful consumption and poor urban functionality. The integration of energy, material and water systems, wasting nothing is part of this approach. His approach is to ensure that design and collaborative working lies at the heart of the solutions.

Paul's articles are based on his work in the UK and internationally with companies specialising global design, engineering, environmental consultancies, developing and construction.

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Dr Paul Toyne’s analysis on the need to establish a low carbon construction industry

pt-analysis-cn_28_01_2010-doc In 2010 Paul wrote an analysis about carbon reduction in construction,  "once businesses see the opportunity they will take action and make the changes for a low carbon construction sector". Did he get it right with my analysis at the time? ...
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Building resilience: The future role of the engineer!

ice-hong-kong-toyne-april-2015 Paul was invited as the international keynote speaker to Hong Kong's Institute of Civil Engineers annual meeting: his lecture was based on this paper. Paul argues for the need for the 21st century engineer to be an integrator, overseeing and ensuring the projects sustainability goals are met. In this paper Paul introduces the concept of resilience and how we need to plan and design for resilience. Paul describes some of the issues the 21st Century engineer is tackling and ...
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How the Olympic movement changed to incorporate environmental and social issues

greening-the-olympics-in-olympiccities-paul-toyne-september-2009 Paul's chapter describes how the Olympic movement changed to incorporate social and environment issues. It was published in the run up to London 2012 and discusses the aspiration to make the games the greenest ever and establish an legacy for the regeneration of Stratford ...
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How the construction industry viewed Bovis Lend Lease’s FSC only policy

cn_26jun08_paultoyne_timber_supplychain In a keynote speech at a Construction News sustainable supply chains conference Paul outlined Bovis Lend Lease's procurement strategy to only procure timber and wood products that had Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody. Here is how it was reported by CN. Lend Lease led the industry in tackling issues over the provenance of imported timber. No forest management accreditation system is without its critics but today FSC remains the "gold standard", and without a doubt standards all over ...
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Social sustainability in the built environment

sustain-may2008_social-conscience_toyne-doc In this article Paul explores the importance of generating social outcomes through development and construction activities. Today the Social Value Act allows businesses to demonstrate how their activities can benefit the local economy in public sector tenders for work. Paul designed and implemented an approach to social value whilst at Balfour Beatty, and was director of Lendlease's not-for-profit enterprise BeOnsite which he describes in the article ...
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Setting the bar high for the responsible sourcing of timber

timber-in-construction-summer_08 A thorough investigation into Bovis Lend Lease's approach to timber procurement. Need less to say Paul Toyne gave a robust defence in how the company was setting the bar high, backed by evidence of the whole company supporting its policy through implementation. Paul led a change management programme at LendLease which transformed the businesses sustainability performance in three years in construction waste, carbon and energy, design, responsible sourcing of materials and skills and training for local people not in ...
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How to make the UK construction sector more sustainable and attractive!

toyne_transforming-the-construction-industry_sustain_sept2011 Paul describes some of the changes needed to transform the construction industry. In particular he makes the case for smarter public procurement strategies that drive more efficient, cost effective processes. The need for a low carbon economy will not disappear and carbon can be the proxy for transforming the construction sector in an innovative, attractive and competitive sector ...
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A light hearted Q&A with Paul Toyne

cn_09sept10_paultoyneqa Fun interview with Construction News when Paul was with Bovis Lend Lease published in 2010 ...
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Improving building design and energy retrofitting can reduce emissions in buildings

The Sunday Times_april_2010_building-efficiency-toyne In this Sunday Times supplement article (published in 2010) Paul discusses the opportunity to reduce energy and carbon emissions through better building design that improves overall operational performance ...
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Designing a sustainability strategy that withstands media scrutiny

ends-report-on-lendlease-sustainabilty-plans_jan08 ENDS report magazine - a specialist publication on the environment- looked at the sustainability policy and programme Paul Toyne established for the contractor Bovis Lend Lease (now called LendLease construction). The programme was acknowledged to be progressive and challenging. More importantly it drove performance and helped the company win business and create a strong brand and reputation which it maintains today ...
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