Multiple criteria sustainability modelling: Case study on school buildings

G. Ding, Craig Ashley Langston

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This paper describes development of a computer-based tool for sustainability modelling using multiple criteria, and preliminary conclusions from doctoral research being undertaken into the relationship between key sustainability indicators. The model used in both cases produces a sustainability index with an accept/reject threshold of one that has the potential to completely replace traditional net present value methods. Minimum performance benchmarks are prescribed and must be observed often by trading off performance across the full criteria set. Sustainability is shown to be capable of objective (numeric) analysis for new projects, existing facilities, or indeed any product or asset. A combination of investor-centred and community-centred motivations can also be explored in the model. Known as SINDEX, the tool has industry-wide application, both locally and abroad, and represents a paradigm shift in project evaluation techniques. Furthermore, its multi-discipline considerations underscore the importance of a team approach to sustainability modelling and the need for people to work more closely together when dealing with complex problems. The results of twenty case studies of actual high schools constructed and operated in New South Wales (Australia) are also presented and the relationships between the key sustainability indicators are explored and interpreted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-26
Number of pages14
JournalThe International Journal of Construction Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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