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Sustainability 2015, 7(6), 6854-6871; doi:10.3390/su7066854

Implementing Sustainability Criteria for Selecting a Roof Assembly Typology in Medium Span Buildings

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Department of Construction Engineering and Civil Engineering Projects, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Department of Applied Physics, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Physical Technologies Center, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Academic Editor: Derek Clements-Croome
Received: 27 March 2015 / Revised: 5 May 2015 / Accepted: 21 May 2015 / Published: 28 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Building)
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Technological advances have allowed the development of new roof assembly typologies with higher efficiency and less waste. However, in the construction sector the focus is generally on reducing cost and not in sustainable development factors. Short-sighted building planning based only on economic criteria should be avoided improving decision support systems. In addition, the selection of an appropriate roof assembly in a building’s design stage is a complex problem due to the existence of different tangible and intangible factors and the multiple alternatives available. The roof typologies under study involve prefabricated concrete, steel and laminated wood structures. This research work applies a multi-criteria hybrid model combining the Analytical Hierarchy Process with the Delphi method and the VIKOR technique for implementing sustainability criteria in the selection of a roof assembly in medium span buildings. The proposed decision support system enables the use of the triple bottom line that considers economic, social and environmental criteria. Under the criteria analyzed, the compromise solution found is the self-supporting curved system. View Full-Text
Keywords: roof assembly; triple bottom line; multicriteria decision making roof assembly; triple bottom line; multicriteria decision making
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Canto-Perello, J.; Martinez-Garcia, M.P.; Curiel-Esparza, J.; Martin-Utrillas, M. Implementing Sustainability Criteria for Selecting a Roof Assembly Typology in Medium Span Buildings. Sustainability 2015, 7, 6854-6871.

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