Multiple criteria sustainability modelling: case study on school buildings

Ding, Grace and Langston, Craig 2004, Multiple criteria sustainability modelling: case study on school buildings, International journal of construction management, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 13-26.

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Title Multiple criteria sustainability modelling: case study on school buildings
Author(s) Ding, Grace
Langston, Craig
Journal name International journal of construction management
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 13
End page 26
Publisher Chinese Institute of Construction Management
Place of publication Hong Kong
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1562-3599
Keyword(s) multi-criteria analysis
project evaluation tool
sustainability index
Summary This paper describes development of a computer-based tool for sustainability modelling using multiple criteria, and preliminary conclusions from doctoral research being undertaken into the relationship between key sustainability indicators. The model used in both cases produces a sustainability index with an accept/reject threshold of one that has the potential to completely replace traditional net present value methods. Minimum performance benchmarks are prescribed and must be observed - often by trading off performance across the full criteria set. Sustainability is shown to be capable of objective (numeric)· analysis for new projects, existing facilities, or indeed any product or asset. A combination of investor-centred and community-centred motivations can also be explored in the model. Known as SINDEX, the tool has industry-wide application, both locally and abroad, and represents a paradigm shift in project evaluation techniques. Furthermore, its multi-discipline considerations underscore the importance of a team approach to sustainability modelling and the need for people to work more closely together when dealing with complex problems. The results of twenty case studies of actual high schools constructed and operated in New South Wales (Australia) are also presented and the relationships between the key sustainability indicators are explored and interpreted.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, The Chinese Institute of Construction Management
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