Ecological sustainable development: a study of the obstacles in Australia's construction industry

Felicia, Mui Teng Tyo & Gray, Jason (2010) Ecological sustainable development: a study of the obstacles in Australia's construction industry. In Wang, Yaowu, Yang, Jay, Shen, Geoffrey, & Wong, Johnny (Eds.) Proceedings of 2010 International Conference On Construction & Real Estate Management, China Architecture & Building Press and indexed by ISTP and ISSHP, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 116-120.

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Ecological sustainable development (ESD), defined as that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, has much to offer in enhancing the quality of life of people and maintaining the environment for future generations by reducing the pollution of water, air and land, minimizing the destruction of irreplaceable ecosystems and cutting down the amount of toxic materials released. However, there is still much to do to achieve full implementation world-wide.

This paper reports on three factors-design, attitudes and financial constraints - that are likely barriers to the implementation of ESD within the built environment in Australian industry. A postal questionnaire survey is described aimed at soliciting views on detailed aspects of the factors. This shows that ESD in the Australian built environment has also not been successfully implemented. The main reason is found to be due to the perceived costs involved - the cost of using environmental materials being a predominant factor. The design of ESD, being more sophisticated, also is perceived as involving stakeholders in more expense. There also appears to be a lack of knowledge and a lack of specialised and interdisciplinary design teams available in the Australian context.

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ID Code: 39600
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Sustainability, Ecology, Development, Barriers, Australia
ISBN: 978-7-112-12612-5
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: 2010 China Architecture & Building Press
Deposited On: 22 Jan 2015 03:08
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 03:08

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