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Sustainable Construction: Analysis of its Costs and Benefits

Dobson, DW, Sourani, A, Sertyesilisik, B and Tunstall, A (2013) Sustainable Construction: Analysis of its Costs and Benefits. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 1 (2). pp. 32-38. ISSN 2328-398X

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Abstract

Sustainability has become the most important issue concerning the construction industry in the 21st century. The objectives of this paper were: to establish if there is an opinion within the industry that sustainability means increased cost; and to investigate whether using sustainable construction methods save money by reducing a buildings carbon output and running costs. Following the literature survey, a questionnaire survey has been carried out to canvas opinions within the industry. Furthermore, comparison of a traditionally built structure (the original college) against a sustainably built one (the structure being built to replace the original building) has been carried out as a case study with respect to the running costs and carbon outputs. The findings revealed that there is an opinion within the industry that sustainability means increased cost and complicated build ability and that using sustainable construction methods save money by reducing a buildings carbon output and running costs. This paper will benefit clients and developers as they can see how incorporating sustainability into new buildings will enable big savings on utility and maintenance costs once the building is operational.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Built Environment
Publisher: Science and Education Publishing
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 10:00
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2018 10:04
DOI or Identification number: 10.12691/ajcea-1-2-2
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9498

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