Chapter 9

Strategic Sustainable Design


This chapter details and evaluates the triple bottom line, and then goes on to examine the benefits to buyers and producers of designed-in improved sustainability. This also reviews briefly the sustainability measurement industry and poses the question Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?


Triple bottom line

Buyer benefits

Producer benefits

Sustainability measurement systems

9.1 Triple Bottom Line—The 3P Approach

Early industrialists, the architects of the industrial revolution, were driven by the need for increased output to satisfy the demands of the growing markets within the Empire. Their focus was thus on improving the methods of production, designing machinery that could harness the emerging power ...

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