Sustainable building design and construction

Report

Greening libraries report

This report aims to highlight examples of best practice and inform the creation of a toolkit for libraries to help them support environmental action, further the greening libraries movement, as well as exemplify sustainability practices that are consistent with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Report

Building for climate change

This document highlights the key themes found from submissions on the 2020 Building for Climate Change Frameworks consultation.
Guide

Integrated approaches in action: a companion to the international good practice principles for sustainable infrastructure

This collection of case studies illustrates some of the salient aspects of the International good practice principles for sustainable infrastructure. Documenting integrated approaches in action, it provides real-world examples of the good practices set out in the principles. The report presents ten case studies with...
Journal article

Critical factors influencing the sustainable construction capability in prefabrication of Chinese construction enterprises

Compared with the conventional cast-in-situ method, prefabricated construction (PC) is a sustainable construction method. Results of this study suggest that incentivised strategies formulated by the Chinese government would improve industry practitioners’ capability of implementing sustainable PC projects to eventually expedite the industry’s transformation towards leaner...
Literature review

Building beyond minimum requirements: a literature review

The purpose of this study was to complete a literature review of the economic assessment of the costs, benefits and methods for the construction of houses that are designed and built to standards that exceed the minimum requirements as defined by the Building Code. The...
Conference paper

Barriers to implementing solar energy systems in buildings: the resident’s perspective in Malaysia

In Malaysia, solar energy has been used in numerous industrial buildings as a source of electricity generation since the country benefits from high solar radiation throughout the year. However, solar energy is still not used in residential buildings despite a wide interest from the sector.
Journal article

Additive manufacturing: technology, applications, markets, and opportunities for the built environment

This paper aims to provide a comprehensive and evidence-based baseline along with progresses in relevant disciplines related to 3DP in construction, which will provide an opportunity to experts in all domains to understand the multi-dimensional constraints and to specify the future research directions in these...
Report

Building efficiency for jobs and growth

Around the world, there are many examples of governments using energy efficient building programs to support the bounce back from major economic crises.
Journal article

A three methods proactive improvement model for buildings construction processes

This paper proposes a proactive model to improve the overall performance of construction processes. The main advantage is that potential waste and associate impacts could be identified in the early stages of a project before the construction phase.
Journal article

Integrated BIM-based LCA for the entire building process using an existing structure for cost estimation in the Swiss context

The main objective of this study is to develop an integrated BIM-LCA method for the entire building process by relating it to an established workflow.
Journal article

Toward a holistic view on lean sustainable construction: a literature review

This article aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of “how Lean helps achieve and maintain sustainability in construction sector”. The findings are structured into a holistic framework, which underlines a multidimensional approach toward sustainability, i.e., focus on stakeholders, across various construction phases, while simultaneously being...
Guide

Guide to low carbon commercial buildings – new build

This guide acts as a practical reference for the design of high-performance, low-carbon commercial buildings. The target audience is everyone involved in the creation of new commercial buildings, from architects, consultants and designers, to developers and owners.
Journal article

Evaluation of BIM-based LCA results for building design

Various tools that use a Building Information Modelling (BIM) model for automatic quantity take-off as a basis for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) have been developed recently. This paper describes the first application of such a BIM-LCA tool to evaluate the embodied global warming potential (GWP)...
Journal article

Automatic structural design by a set-based parametric design method

Modern structural design faces new challenges, such as addressing the needs of several stakeholders and satisfying the criteria for achieving sustainability. In this project, the selected method was successfully applied and it was observed that it resulted in bridges that were more efficient in terms...
Journal article

Assessment of the role of lean construction practices in environmental sustainability

The construction industry has been identified as an industry that can help in the achievement of environmental sustainability. The results of this study reveals that respondents are of the opinion that adoption of Lean Construction Practices (LCPs) in building can help in the achievement of...
Guide

Preparing your business for the zero-carbon circular economy

This guide is a planning resource for small to medium-sized companies involved in the buildings sector value chain. This includes building materials suppliers, trades and contractors, transport companies and architects, engineers and other design firms.
Working paper

Accelerating building decarbonization: eight attainable policy pathways to net zero carbon buildings for all

This paper responds to the global discourse around the need to decarbonize the world’s building stock by 2050 in order to meet global climate goals. It aims to provide clear, feasible policy pathways by which developing countries can achieve net ZCBs in their cities.
Guide

Maximising your investment: using rating tools to attract sustainable finance for real estate

Sustainable finance has been an area of interest to the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) for some time. NABERS have been closely monitoring green bond issuances in the property sector and are encouraged by the uptake of sustainable finance solutions many customers are...