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In the architecture and construction industry, the sustainability of a building is often calculated using tools that reduce the meaning of the concept to a set of numbers. To re-energise the idea of sustainable construction, the Holcim Foundation proposes five qualitative measures that will help make a building truly endure.

Congestion charging isn't the only way to disincentivise drivers. Many cities are being very clever with parking policy, using pricing, regulations and design to make commuters think twice about relying on their cars.

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To truly evaluate a building's sustainability, we must ... accept that some criteria, such as the social, aesthetic, and even long-term energy and economic performance of a building, may be less quantifiable than others

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