Philip F. Oldfield

Journal article

Beyond an ‘informed opinion’: evidence-based practice in the built environment

This study examines the sources of evidence that influence decision-makers who design or develop office buildings, and aims to explain why some managers engage more in evidence-based practice (EBP) than others. A mixed methods approach is conducted that combines quantitative results from 187 senior managers...

Carbon Value Engineering: integrated carbon and cost reduction strategies for building design

The Carbon Value Engineering project aims to maximise the reduction of embodied carbon in the built environment. Rather than proposing a new process for these reductions, it adapts the industry-standard practice of value engineering (VE) for integrated carbon and cost minimisation. The project set out...
Case study

Embodied carbon and capital cost impact of current value engineering practices: a case study

This research explores the carbon impact of current Value Engineering (VE) practices in Australia. To accomplish this goal, a complex mixed-use building in Sydney was modelled to determine the capital material costs and initial embodied carbon emissions before and after the VE process. The results...

Building better decisions: why good evidence is used (and ignored) in the built environment sector

Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) is a framework that has yielded huge benefits in fields ranging from medicine to social policy.
Journal article

Evidence based practice for the built environment: can systematic reviews close the research-practice gap?

A high performance building is designed and operated to minimise environmental impact whilst providing an indoor environment that maximises occupant health and comfort. The wealth of academic research into technical and non-technical solutions for high performance building continues to grow. However, industry utilisation of academic...