Helping to Build a
More Sustainable Future

As a building materials supplier, Normans has an important role to play - both in terms of managing our own activities responsibly, and also helping our customers source products and services that will lead to more sustainable construction.

Everybody's collective responsibility for sustainability is hard to avoid. Projections of future climate change indicate that global average temperatures could rise by between 1.4ºC and 5.8ºC between 1990 and 2100, depending on emissions. By the 2080s the annual number of people at risk from coastal flooding could increase from about 10 million to as many as 80 million worldwide, with around half of that increase in the poorest parts of Asia.*

Even today the effects of climate change are already being felt. The average sea level around the UK is now about 10cm higher than it was in 1900, even after adjusting for natural land movements. The 1990s was the warmest decade in central England since records began (in the 1660s) and UK coastal waters have also warmed.*

Construction has a huge contribution to make in improving everyone's quality of life by employing more sustainable methods.

*Source: Securing the Future - UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy - March 2005
**Based on 2003 figures, source: DTI - Review of Sustainable Construction 2006

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