Identifying attributes contributing to environmental sustainability of public-private partnership infrastructure projects

Jin, Xiao-Hua, Zuo, Jian, Zhang, Kevin and Yang, Rebecca J. 2012, Identifying attributes contributing to environmental sustainability of public-private partnership infrastructure projects, in AUBEA 2012 : Proceedings of the 37th Annual Australasian Universities Building Education Association conference, AUBEA, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 404-413.

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Title Identifying attributes contributing to environmental sustainability of public-private partnership infrastructure projects
Author(s) Jin, Xiao-Hua
Zuo, Jian
Zhang, Kevin
Yang, Rebecca J.
Conference name Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference (37th : 2012 : Sydney, N. S. W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 4-6 Jul. 2012
Title of proceedings AUBEA 2012 : Proceedings of the 37th Annual Australasian Universities Building Education Association conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australasian Universities Building Education Association Conference
Start page 404
End page 413
Total pages 10
Publisher AUBEA
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Keyword(s) environmental substantiality
infrastructure projects
public-private partnership
Australia
Summary Due to increasing demands for new infrastructure and an aim to reduce initial public investment, Australian government agencies are increasingly using public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a form of delivery for infrastructure projects. Environmentally, there is growing pressure for the building industry in general to become more sustainable. Moreover, as the built environment continues to grow each year, the performance of buildings as a whole will need to continually improve purely for national energy consumption to remain stable. Based on a systematic and extensive review on relevant literature, this paper has identified the key attributes that will influence the environmental sustainability of infrastructure completed through a PPP. The key attributes are grouped into five groups defined by whom or what has the majority of control over the attribute. Meanwhile, the key attributes are explored and their influence on environmental sustainability justified. This paper was able to not only identify significant factors involved in creating environmental sustainability in infrastructure PPPs, but also trends of the key attributes. It has been found that (1) the longevity of the contract in a PPP project allows greater innovation into environmental sustainability than traditional methods of procurement, (2) innovation is a requirement for the improving upon environmental performance in the built environment, (3) improvements to environmental sustainability relies upon a positive relationship between economic and environmental benefits, and (4) the key attributes for PPP projects are decided upon relatively early in the contract. Due to space limit, detailed discussion on each of the identified attributes is not provided in this paper. Nonetheless, further research direction is discussed.
ISBN 9780646581279
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052607

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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