Does organising matter? Tracing connections to environmental impacts in different housing estates.
Journal article, 2009

Much of the research on buildings and the environment is of a technical-economic nature. But so far, this has not led to any great changes in practice. This article brings organising into the research agenda: Does organising matter for the environmental performance of buildings? If so, how? This question is investigated by a comparative analysis based on an empirical approach. Two housing management practices and their buildings' energy and water performances are analysed relative to each other. It is possible to trace energy and water consumption levels to characteristic management styles (e.g., metaphors of 'caring' and 'emergency-driven'). The analysis shows that organising concepts, more specifically, characteristic management styles, matter for the environment. Copyright © 2009 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.


Birgit Brunklaus

Chalmers, Energy and Environment, Environmental Systems Analysis

Progress in Industrial Ecology

1476-8917 (ISSN) 1478-8764 (eISSN)

Vol. 6 2 120-134

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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Civil Engineering

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

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