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Buildings 2012, 2(2), 126-152; doi:10.3390/buildings2020126

Design of A Sustainable Building: A Conceptual Framework for Implementing Sustainability in the Building Sector

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School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY, UK
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Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of West of England, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK
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Received: 6 March 2012 / Revised: 11 April 2012 / Accepted: 30 April 2012 / Published: 4 May 2012
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This paper presents a conceptual framework aimed at implementing sustainability principles in the building industry. The proposed framework based on the sustainable triple bottom line principle, includes resource conservation, cost efficiency and design for human adaptation. Following a thorough literature review, each principle involving strategies and methods to be applied during the life cycle of building projects is explained and a few case studies are presented for clarity on the methods. The framework will allow design teams to have an appropriate balance between economic, social and environmental issues, changing the way construction practitioners think about the information they use when assessing building projects, thereby facilitating the sustainability of building industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable building; conceptual framework; resource conservation; cost efficiency; human adaptation sustainable building; conceptual framework; resource conservation; cost efficiency; human adaptation
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Akadiri, P.O.; Chinyio, E.A.; Olomolaiye, P.O. Design of A Sustainable Building: A Conceptual Framework for Implementing Sustainability in the Building Sector. Buildings 2012, 2, 126-152.

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