Sustainable Construction

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Construction                                                             Gary Taylor
Unit 2 – Sustainable Construction
Assignment 2 – Control, Design, Specification and Management

Task 1 – Explain four key methods used to protect the natural environment from the impact of the construction and built environment sector

In 1990 a powerful piece of legislation was introduced to protect the UK’s environment, this was called the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and in 1995 the Environment Agency was set up.
The main Acts Of Parliament which have been introduced to protect the environment are :-
● Water Act 1989
● Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989
● Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990
● Land Drainage Act 1991 Water Resources Act 1991
● Environment Act 1995

The Environment Agency has passed legislation to cover the following environmental areas:-

● Air
● Chemicals
● Conservation
● Energy
● Land
● Noise and Statutory Nuisance
● Pollution prevention and control (PPC) plant protection
● Radioactive Substances Waste
● Water

Environmental regulations which have evolved from acts of parliament include the End Of Life vehicle regulations 2003 and agricultural waste regulations 2006. There are a host of other European directives concerning the environment created by the European parliament.


The Health and safety Executive (HSE) has powers to enforce government legislation, but has very little input into the environmental side of the law apart from the nuclear directive governing the releases of radiation. An example of the HSE’s powers is they make sure personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn when operatives are cleaning up a hazardous spillage. If any breaches of safety regulation occur the HSE has the power of prosecution.

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The Environment Agency (EA) is a public body whose role is to protect the environment. The principal task of the agency is to ensure that air, land...