The role of coordinate-based decision-making in the evaluation of sustainable built environments

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Abstract

In an era when sustainability and climate change mitigation are paramount, it is important that built environment professionals make robust and transparent decisions regarding future development. A new approach is outlined and tested for assessing sustainability for built infrastructure using a quadrant model and 3D spatial coordinates. The chosen method involves a case study of a high performance green building in Australia that was constructed in 2008. The investigation demonstrates that the model is practical and produces an appropriate outcome, which is then compared with seven other generic types of built infrastructure. The inclusion of development scale or influence in the model is an important feature that can lead to differences in ranking preference. The findings support embedding essential environmental considerations objectively into decision-making processes via the use of an economic ratio (return on investment to energy usage), a social ratio (functional performance to loss of habitat) and a measure of sustainability risk as x, y and z coordinates respectively, plotted in 3D space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-77
Number of pages16
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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Sustainable development
Decision making
Climate change
Economics
Built environment
Evaluation
Sustainability
Inclusion
Habitat
Return on investment
Climate change mitigation
Energy
Green building
High performance
Decision-making process
Ranking
Scale development

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