Energy productivity and total-factor productivity in the Australian construction industry

Hu, Xiancun and Liu, Chunlu 2016, Energy productivity and total-factor productivity in the Australian construction industry, Architectural science review, vol. 59, no. 5, pp. 432-444, doi: 10.1080/00038628.2015.1038692.

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Title Energy productivity and total-factor productivity in the Australian construction industry
Author(s) Hu, Xiancun
Liu, ChunluORCID iD for Liu, Chunlu
Journal name Architectural science review
Volume number 59
Issue number 5
Start page 432
End page 444
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0003-8628
Keyword(s) total-factor productivity
energy productivity
construction industry
Malmquist productivity index
Summary There is urgent need to consider energy consumption when measuring total-factor productivity in the construction industry. This paper adopts the Malmquist index method to investigate the factors affecting the energy productivity of the Australian construction industry and compares them with those decomposed from the total-factor productivity. An input-oriented distance function and a contemporaneous benchmark technology are employed to develop the data envelopment analysis models. The Malmquist productivity index is decomposed into the technological change, pure technical efficiency change and activity effect to gain comprehensive insights into changes of construction productivity in the Australian states and territories over the past two decades. Research results show that both energy productivity and total-factor productivity improved in Australia, particularly related to technological development. The pure technical efficiency and activity indices changed slightly over time or across regions. This study demonstrates that there exists a linkage between energy productivity and total-factor productivity through their technological and technical efficiency changes. The Australian construction industry could enhance these two productivities by introducing advanced technologies and implementing them efficiently.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00038628.2015.1038692
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
1201 Architecture
1202 Building
1203 Design Practice And Management
Socio Economic Objective 870503 Residential Building Management and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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