Sustainability indicators for the built environment - the challenges ahead
Paper in proceedings, 2008

Methods and tools including sustainable development indicators (SDIs) are important aids to the implementation of sustainable development in the construction industry. Through a qualitative analysis, a variety of methods which are widely used internationally can be assessed to establish their compliance with the general requirements of sustainable development. This paper looks at five fundamental criteria: holism, lifecycle assessment, directional certainty, traceability/transparency and local suitability. Most methods more or less meet these requirements, in which users play a central role in compliance. This paper identifies a number of remaining knowledge deficits: the recording and analysis of sociocultural indicators, additional environmental indicators such as land use, resource intensity, interior quality and usability, and a more detailed understanding of building usage and decommissioning costs. In addition to these knowledge deficits, and for a variety of reasons, there is also an implementation deficit: the practice of sustainable construction is lagging far behind the theory.

materials

construction

buildings

tools

stakeholder

Sustainable development indicators

Author

Holger Wallbaum

Proceedings of the 2008 World Sustainable Building Conference, 21-25 September 2008, Melbourne, Australia

Vol. 2 1292-1298

Subject Categories

Architectural Engineering

Construction Management

Other Environmental Engineering

Environmental Management

Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology

ISBN

978-0-646-50372-1

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Created

10/10/2017