Sustainability 2011, 3(1), 35-50; doi:10.3390/su3010035
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A Value Function for Assessing Sustainability: Application to Industrial Buildings

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Received: 9 November 2010; in revised form: 13 December 2010 / Accepted: 16 December 2010 / Published: 24 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Building)
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Abstract: Decision support tools based on multi-attribute analysis involve the use of different types of variables. These variables are aimed at providing a framework that allows preferences to be quantified. This is particularly useful in the field of sustainability, where variables with different units are involved. One widely accepted framework for standardizing different units is the value function. Studies of value function are complex and frequently have limited physical meaning. In this context, this paper emphasizes the need to define a general equation that reflects the preferences of the decision maker in a clear and easily applied way. The paper proposes a new general equation that fulfils these requirements. By modifying certain parameters, this general equation represents the most commonly used relationships (linear, convex, concave and S-shaped). The proposed equation is finally applied to four variables used in the field of industrial buildings and sustainability.
Keywords: value function; decision making; multi-attribute analysis; industrial building; sustainability
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Alarcon, B.; Aguado, A.; Manga, R.; Josa, A. A Value Function for Assessing Sustainability: Application to Industrial Buildings. Sustainability 2011, 3, 35-50.

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Alarcon B, Aguado A, Manga R, Josa A. A Value Function for Assessing Sustainability: Application to Industrial Buildings. Sustainability. 2011; 3(1):35-50.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Alarcon, Bibiana; Aguado, Antonio; Manga, Resmundo; Josa, Alejandro. 2011. "A Value Function for Assessing Sustainability: Application to Industrial Buildings." Sustainability 3, no. 1: 35-50.

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