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Buildings 2013, 3(4), 739-765; doi:10.3390/buildings3040739
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Between Research and Practice: Experts on Implementing Sustainable Construction

1,2,*  and 3
1 Centre for Technology and Society (CTS), Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture (KULT), Faculty of Humanities, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim N–7491, Norway 2 The Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB), Department of Architectural Design, History and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim N–7491, Norway 3 ETH Wohnforum—ETH CASE, Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment, Department of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, HIL G 65.1, Wolfgang-Pauli-Str. 15, 8093 Zürich Hönggerberg, Switzerland
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 7 August 2013 / Revised: 3 October 2013 / Accepted: 21 October 2013 / Published: 1 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmentally Conscious Architecture)
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Abstract

Despite documented political support for energy reduction measures in Switzerland’s built environment, as well as high international regard for its construction and research sectors, design practitioners and researchers perceive a diverse set of challenges involved in the implementation of green development solutions. Grounded in Science and Technology Studies (STS), observations drawn from 31 semi-structured qualitative interviews conducted with Swiss building industry experts provide insight into the relationships between designers, researchers and public authorities. A series of examples from the empirical data show how regulatory frictions and the challenges of implementing construction strategies into diverse domestic and international working contexts are ameliorated.
Keywords: energy; construction; architecture; implementation; Switzerland; Science and Technology Studies (STS); stakeholders; experts; sustainability energy; construction; architecture; implementation; Switzerland; Science and Technology Studies (STS); stakeholders; experts; sustainability
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Bharathi, K.; Nicol, L.A. Between Research and Practice: Experts on Implementing Sustainable Construction. Buildings 2013, 3, 739-765.

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