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Sustainability 2016, 8(5), 460; doi:10.3390/su8050460

The Use of MIVES as a Sustainability Assessment MCDM Method for Architecture and Civil Engineering Applications

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Department of Architectural Technology, UPC, av. Diagonal 649, Barcelona 08028, Spain
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UPC, c Jordi Girona 1, Barcelona 08034, Spain
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Academic Editors: Vivian W. Y. Tam, Khoa N. Le and Liyin Shen
Received: 14 April 2016 / Revised: 1 May 2016 / Accepted: 4 May 2016 / Published: 9 May 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Life Cycle Assessment on Green Building Implementation)
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Abstract

Environmental and sustainability assessment tools have an important role in moving towards a better world, bringing knowledge and raising awareness. In the architecture and civil engineering sector, these assessment tools help in moving forward to constructions that have less economic, environmental and social impacts. At present, there are numerous assessment tools and methods with different approaches and scopes that have been analyzed in numerous technical reviews. However, there is no agreement about which method should be used for each evaluation case. This research paper synthetically analyzes the main sustainability assessment methods for the construction sector, comparing their strengths and weaknesses in order to present the challenges of the Spanish Integrated Value Model for Sustainability Assessment (MIVES). MIVES is a Multi-Criteria Decision Making method based on the value function concept and the Seminars of experts. Then, this article analyzes MIVES advantages and weak points by going through its methodology and two representative applications. At the end, the area of application of MIVES is described in detail along with the general application cases of the main types of assessment tools and methods. View Full-Text
Keywords: green building; sustainability; MIVES review; MCDM; AHP; LCA; environmental impact; social impact green building; sustainability; MIVES review; MCDM; AHP; LCA; environmental impact; social impact
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Pons, O.; de la Fuente, A.; Aguado, A. The Use of MIVES as a Sustainability Assessment MCDM Method for Architecture and Civil Engineering Applications. Sustainability 2016, 8, 460.

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