A prototype system dynamic model for assessing the sustainability of construction projects

Xiaoling Zhang, Yuzhe Wu*, Liyin Shen, Martin Skitmore

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Abstract

There is a worldwide demand for an increasingly sustainable built environment. This has resulted in the need for a more accurate evaluation of the level of sustainability of construction projects. To do this it involves the development of better measurement and benchmarking methods. One approach is to use a theoretical model to assess construction projects in terms of their sustainable development value (SDV) and sustainable development ability (SDA) for implementation in the project life cycle, where SDA measures the contribution of a project to development sustainability and as a major criterion for assessing its feasibility.This paper develops an improved SDA prototype model that incorporates the effects of dynamical factors on project sustainability. This involves the introduction of two major factors concerning technological advancement and changes in people's perceptions. A case study is used to demonstrate the procedures involved in simulation and modeling, one outcome of which is to demonstrate the greater influence of technological advancement on project sustainability than changes in perception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-76
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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