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Buildings 2012, 2(2), 126-152; doi:10.3390/buildings2020126
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Design of A Sustainable Building: A Conceptual Framework for Implementing Sustainability in the Building Sector

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Received: 6 March 2012; in revised form: 11 April 2012 / Accepted: 30 April 2012 / Published: 4 May 2012
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Abstract: 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.
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.

AMA Style

Akadiri PO, Chinyio EA, Olomolaiye PO. Design of A Sustainable Building: A Conceptual Framework for Implementing Sustainability in the Building Sector. Buildings. 2012; 2(2):126-152.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Akadiri, Peter O.; Chinyio, Ezekiel A.; Olomolaiye, Paul O. 2012. "Design of A Sustainable Building: A Conceptual Framework for Implementing Sustainability in the Building Sector." Buildings 2, no. 2: 126-152.

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