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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 33; doi:10.3390/su9010033

Exploring Socio-Technical Features of Green Interior Design of Residential Buildings: Indicators, Interdependence and Embeddedness

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Department of Construction and Real Estate, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
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Department of Business Administration, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China
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Academic Editor: Umberto Berardi
Received: 23 August 2016 / Revised: 6 December 2016 / Accepted: 12 December 2016 / Published: 27 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability Assessments of Buildings)
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This research aims to develop indicators for assessing green interior design of new residential buildings in China, grounded in the socio-technical systems approach. The research was carried out through a critical literature review and two focus group studies. The results show that the boundaries of green interior design were identified with respect to three dimensions, namely performance, methodology and stakeholders. The socio-technical systems approach argues for the recognition of the interdependence between the systems elements and the feature of embeddedness. The interdependence of the systems elements exists within each of these three dimensions and across them. It is also found that the socio-technical systems of green interior design are embedded in the social, regulatory and geographic context. Taking interior design of residential buildings as the empirical setting, this study contributes to the literature of green building assessment by presenting a socio-technical systems approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental impact assessment; green interior design; green building; socio-technical systems; embeddedness; China environmental impact assessment; green interior design; green building; socio-technical systems; embeddedness; China
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Ning, Y.; Li, Y.; Yang, S.; Ju, C. Exploring Socio-Technical Features of Green Interior Design of Residential Buildings: Indicators, Interdependence and Embeddedness. Sustainability 2017, 9, 33.

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