Green buildings : a framework for social sustainability

Too, Linda & Too, Eric G. (2011) Green buildings : a framework for social sustainability. In Ahmed, Syed, Adnan, Hamimah, Panthi, Kamalesh, Azhar, Salman, Takim, Roshana, & Bozai, Gazan (Eds.) Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century: Construction Challenges in the New Decade, Kuala Lumpur.

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Despite the ongoing debate surrounding climate change, sustainability is increasingly a key consideration for building owners and tenants with the ‘triple bottom line’ as desired outcomes. The triangulated social, economic and environmental goals of sustainability are now the mantra of many businesses. While much has been written of the benefits of green buildings to its occupants, comparatively fewer studies have been devoted to investigating the perceived drawbacks and measures to improve the social sustainability factor, i.e., user satisfaction. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to consider the impacts of green buildings on its occupants by drawing together past empirical findings and summarizing the results. In addition, the paper will also present a case study of the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture, which is Australia’s first 6-green star, rated educational building. Through these methods, the paper will identify gaps between green building performance and user satisfaction. Thereafter, it will introduce a social sustainability framework that seeks to improve the social performance of green buildings. The 6-P model is a holistic framework targeting the following factors that can influence user satisfaction of green buildings. These factors are: public perception, price, policies, psychological, physical and personal.

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ID Code: 42615
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Green buildings, Social Sustainability, Green building performance, Occupants
ISBN: 1884342025
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 CITC-VI
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2011 23:49
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013 00:07

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