Special Issue "Multi-Criteria Analysis to Support Sustainable Decision-Making in the Built Environment"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ana Blanco Álvarez
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Guest Editor
School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
Interests: engineering and construction; infrastructures; decision-making; sustainability; concrete technology; diagnosis and repair of civil infrastructure
Dr. Francesc Pardo Bosch
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Guest Editor
Department of Project and Construction Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: multi-criteria and multi-attribute decision-making; sustainability and circular economy; smart cities and urban engineering; public governance; business models and strategy
Dr. Pablo Pujadas Álvarez
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Guest Editor
Department of Project and Construction Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: engineering and construction; infrastructures and capital projects; decision-making; sustainability; smart cities; innovation, strategy, and operations in the built environment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable decisions in the built environment are often complex and multifaceted problems, which involve addressing and balancing a broad range of considerations, incorporating not only environmental information, but also economic and social aspects, technological and scientific data, ethical and political concerns, and stakeholder interests.

All these considerations may make any decision process inherently multi-objective, limiting the individual or group capacity to decide. Consequently, decision-makers in the built environment demand systematic frameworks to integrate all this heterogeneous information facilitating a structured, understandable, and defensible decision. A systematic methodology that is capable of synthesizing these heterogeneous considerations in order to evaluate and prioritize among different alternatives is multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA).

In response to current sustainable decision‐making challenges in the built environment, this Special Issue will conduct a comprehensive updated review of the trends and applications of MCDA to support sustainability decision-making and provide recommendations for applying MCDA techniques towards a sustainable built environment.

Examining recent trends and applications may be useful and relevant not only for researchers and practitioners in order to identify new successful approaches and solutions to current challenges and limitations but also for potential users to understanding how can they effectively apply these trends in future decisions towards more sustainable development.

The editors will support a wide range of methodological and technical approaches. In addition to theoretical and applied papers, review articles are also welcome.

Dr. Ana Blanco Álvarez
Dr. Francesc Pardo Bosch
Dr. Pablo Pujadas Álvarez
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • multi-criteria decision analysis
  • MCDA
  • decision making
  • sustainability
  • built environment

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Study of Alternatives for the Design of Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Brazil
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4757; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094757 - 23 Apr 2021
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Despite insufficient housing facilities, particularly in developing countries, construction systems are generally selected intuitively or based on conventional solutions sanctioned by practice. The present study aims to evaluate different options for the design of low-income housing in Brazil by integrating the life cycle [...] Read more.
Despite insufficient housing facilities, particularly in developing countries, construction systems are generally selected intuitively or based on conventional solutions sanctioned by practice. The present study aims to evaluate different options for the design of low-income housing in Brazil by integrating the life cycle assessment (LCA) into the decision-making process. To achieve this objective, three single-family projects with different construction systems were selected and analyzed. The most sustainable design was selected through the analytic hierarchy process (AHP). The considered parameters, which were obtained through a survey with professionals and customers, included cost, environmental impact, thermal comfort, construction time, and cultural acceptance. LCA and life cycle cost assessment (LCCA) were performed with the frontier’s system considering the cradle-to-gate cycle, which included the extraction of raw materials, manufacture of building materials, and housing construction. The projects were modelled using Autodesk Revit software with the Tally application for LCA evaluation. The results indicated that light steel frame houses present a better behavior than other conventional alternatives, and the integration of building information modelling with LCA and LCCA in the design phase can lead to the development of more sustainable houses. Full article
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The Right to Urban Streams: Quantitative Comparisons of Stakeholder Perceptions in Defining Adaptive Stream Restoration
Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9500; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229500 - 15 Nov 2020
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Assuring healthy streams in the urban environment is a major goal for restoration scientists, urban planners, and city practitioners around the globe. In South Korea, many urban stream restoration efforts are designed to provide safe water to society and enhance ecological functions. We [...] Read more.
Assuring healthy streams in the urban environment is a major goal for restoration scientists, urban planners, and city practitioners around the globe. In South Korea, many urban stream restoration efforts are designed to provide safe water to society and enhance ecological functions. We examined the extent to which the individual interests and different values of multiple stakeholders were considered in previous decision-making in two urban stream restoration projects. The relevant data on stream restoration were collected through the nominal group technique (NGT) and the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) for the two stream cases of a populated inland area and a coastal region in South Korea. The AHP results provide information about the comparative weights of the values of ecological restoration (priority score: 0.487), social restoration (priority score: 0.231), and landscape revitalization (priority score: 0.279) of the Ahn-Yang stream and ecological restoration (priority score: 0.527), social restoration (priority score: 0.182), and landscape revitalization (priority score: 0.290) of the Sahn-Jee stream. The stakeholders of the populated metropolitan area had a relatively high awareness of their role in environmental restoration, thus it was natural for them to place a high value on social restoration. Full article
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