Sustainable design in construction sector

Luis Bragança, R. Mateus, Heli Koukkari

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Evaluation of the sustainable development - and on the other hand the effects of human activities on the future of the nature and mankind - is made on the basis of various indicators. The choice of indicators, the use of indicators and the evaluation procedure comprise both objective and subjective issues. The results of a sustainability evaluation procedure will be better interpretative and understandable when decision-making theories are applied. This concerns especially the valuation and use of weighting-factors that link the measurable and objective parameters of indicators. When the most important indicators are generally agreed, the differences between cases, countries or technological branches can be handled through weighting-factors. Further, dealing with the performance criteria of the built environment in relation to the sustainability can be advanced by application of decision-making methods.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImprovement of building structural quality by new technologies
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Final Conference of COST Action C12
EditorsChristian Schauer, Federico Mazzolani, Gianfranco de Matteis, Heiko Trumpf, Heli Koukkari, Jean-Pierre Jaspart, Luis Bragança
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-22460-7
ISBN (Print)978-04-1536-609-0
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventFinal Conference of COST Action C12: Improvement of Buildings' Structural Quality by New Technologies - Innsbruck, Austria
Duration: 20 Jan 200522 Jan 2005


ConferenceFinal Conference of COST Action C12: Improvement of Buildings' Structural Quality by New Technologies


  • sustainable design
  • sustainable building
  • indicator
  • LCA


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