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How to Assess Sustainable Planning Processes of Buildings? A Maturity Assessment Model Approach for Designers

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Working Group Sustainable Construction, Institute of Structural Design, Graz University of Technology, Waagner-Biro-Straße 100/XI, 8020 Graz, Austria
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Working Group Industrial Marketing, Purchasing and Supply Management, Institute of Business Economics and Industrial Sociology, Graz University of Technology, Kopernikusgasse 24/II, 8010 Graz, Austria
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HM&S IT-Consulting GmbH, Rotmoosweg 52, 8045 Graz, Austria
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Sustainability 2022, 14(5), 2879; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052879
Received: 3 February 2022 / Revised: 25 February 2022 / Accepted: 28 February 2022 / Published: 1 March 2022
Over the past decades, it has become apparent that increasing demands in the construction industry have repeatedly led to project delays and increased project costs in practice. These demands have increased as a result of international and national action plans that have been developed to achieve the climate target paths and, therefore, the necessary reduction of CO2 emissions in the construction industry. We address this problem by developing a sustainable construction maturity model (SCOMM) to answer the following research question: “What is a holistic quality assurance tool for the early design phase of buildings to monitor (sustainable) planning practices in order to achieve better certification results?”. The model includes a self-assessment procedure for the building design process, based on Software Process Improvement and Capability dEtermination (SPiCE) and the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) building certification system. The results show that systemic interactions between sustainability criteria can be identified in the early design phase, allowing the quality of planning practices to be evaluated and early project management to be implemented to achieve the best certification results. Our findings will enable clients and users of the construction industry to better manage the complexity of the sustainable design process and avoid undesirable developments in building projects. View Full-Text
Keywords: maturity assessment; maturity model; building certification; design process; sustainable construction management maturity assessment; maturity model; building certification; design process; sustainable construction management
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Scherz, M.; Zunk, B.M.; Steinmann, C.; Kreiner, H. How to Assess Sustainable Planning Processes of Buildings? A Maturity Assessment Model Approach for Designers. Sustainability 2022, 14, 2879. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052879

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Scherz M, Zunk BM, Steinmann C, Kreiner H. How to Assess Sustainable Planning Processes of Buildings? A Maturity Assessment Model Approach for Designers. Sustainability. 2022; 14(5):2879. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052879

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Scherz, Marco, Bernd M. Zunk, Christian Steinmann, and Helmuth Kreiner. 2022. "How to Assess Sustainable Planning Processes of Buildings? A Maturity Assessment Model Approach for Designers" Sustainability 14, no. 5: 2879. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14052879

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