Steep Analysis

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Introduction
This paper contains a STEEP (Social, Technological, Environmental, Economical and Political) analysis of the implications on sustainability in construction. The STEEP analysis will be based on 5 different peer-reviewed journals that I have read on each area of STEEP. These journals will be cross examined and compared to one another to see if there is any correlation between them. Firstly I will talk about each journal and summarize what it is about; I will then try and relate the journals to each other in some way. If one journal cannot be related to any of the others, I will state this in my conclusion and provide a reason why there is no connection or relationship between that specific journal and the others.
The journals
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Northern Ireland’s sustainable development strategies and policies are discussed next, how the environment has been at the bottom of the investment list, and that change is coming about with the newly proposed Sustainable Development Strategy due to come in on May 2006. The agenda of this strategy is explained and priority areas are listed, but the paper goes on to explain that unless all government policies are engaged, then this strategy will not work. The link between sustainable development and health is then explained and that it doesn’t make sense to have one without the other. This link is then explained by talking about the public health strategy in Northern Ireland which ties in with ‘the Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Strategy’ (Department of Social Development; 2004). The two are related because the health of those who had no money for fuel deteriorated because they had to live in cold and damp dwellings with mould on the walls.
The Author’s feel that in order to promote sustainable health and development in the island of Ireland, an integrated approach is essential which would mean that those working in Public health organisations must work along with those from environmental health.
Technological sustainability in construction- ‘Indicator based sustainability assessment tool for affordable housing construction technologies’ (H. Wallbaum∗, Y. Ostermeyer, C. Salzer, E. Zea

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