The basis of the Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook (PPSL) system.

PSL Guidelines

The Project Sustainability Logbook (1st Edition 2013) are the guidelines for the approach that evolved to become today's Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook (PPSL) system. They are now called the Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook guidelines

The Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook guidelines describe how a PPSL logbook:

  • Aims to accompany a building or a service infrastructure facility, or a group of buildings or facilities, throughout its lifetime using regularly updated benchmarks.
  • Provides a structured support tool comprising guidance and a series of worksheets that allows one to define and then monitor the issues and objectives of sustainable development troughout a project or programme's life cycle.
  • Structures sustainability considerations into the four pillars of sustainable development, with 13 themes and 43 issues and objectives.
  • Is supplemented by a PPSL Repertoire - part of PPSL Documenation - an information database for each of the PPSL’s themes that provides summaries regulations, laws, standards, and benchmarks which are applied worldwide, in Europe and in a given country.
  • Is based upon an Overall Monitoring Table (or worksheet in the case of offline version that uses an Excel workbook) with Monitoring Tables for each of five project phases (Planning, Design, Construction, Operation , and End-of-Life).

Whoever is responsible for planning a project or programme is able to structure and gather within the PPSL framework, the sustainability requirements that should be applied to a single built asset or a collection of assets for which they are responsible, subject obviously to the compatibility of the requirements and the authority to act.

A Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook (PPSL) - a sustainablity  monitoring tool that can be:

  • used for any type of new or existing built asset  or group of assets (buildings, service infrastructure infrastructure, industrial plant, etc.);
  • an asset management tool for a clearly identified asset from the initial concept phase through to the end-of the-life;
  • used by partners, both private and public, having any type of contractual relationship (public, private, public-private partnership, turnkey, design-build-operate-transfer, etc);
  • initiated as the basis for a global diagnosis and rehabilitation of an existing built asset;
  • combined into a programme logbook to provide an overview of complex projects or programmes involving for instance the urban environment. 


Note: the guidelines refer to PSL as they were initially published before "programmes" were included in the PPSL system.

Introducing the Project/Programme Sustainability Logbook

  • Preface
  • PSL – a coordinated commitment to sustainable development
  • PSL at a glance
  • Summary

The PSL in practice

  • What does the PSL do?
  • The monitoring tables
  • Instructions

The Monitoring Tables (available separately)

  • Sustainable development issues and objectives
  • An example of a PPSL overall monitoring table
  • The collection of PSL tables

Explanatory Notes (see full list of issues and objectives)

  • Governance
  • Social/Society
  • Environment
  • Economic

Annexes: Sustainable development monitoring tables for a specific project or programme

  • Overall Monitoring Table
  • Monitoring Table for the Planning Phase
  • Monitoring Table for the Design Phase
  • Monitoring Table for the Construction Phase
  • Monitoring Table for the Operation Phase
  • Monitoring Table for the End-of -Life

    The PPSL Guidelines (1st Edition 2013) are available as follows:
    • Online, browse-only.
    • Online as an information source for completing a logbook on the users' platform.
    • Hard copy amd soft copy (encrypted PDF) either separately or as part of the PPSL Toolbox available from the FIDIC Bookshop.