Enhancing Sustainability Deliverables for Infrastructure Project Delivery

Lim, Soon Kam & Yang, Jay (2007) Enhancing Sustainability Deliverables for Infrastructure Project Delivery. In Lau, Stephen (Ed.) Creating livable, healthy and environmentally viable cities: an Asian perspective- Proceedings of the World Sustainable Building Conference 2007, The Hong Kong Professional Green Building Council (PGBC), Kowloon, Hong Kong, pp. 467-480.

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Despite an increasing highlight on the sustainability agenda by the construction industry, sustainable development is often treated with different philosophy, interpretation, and responsibility at various stages of project development by various stakeholders involved. The actual sustainability deliverables from the industry is not substantially tangible, especially at project levels. For infrastructure projects which typically span over long periods of time, achieving consistent sustainability outcomes during various stages of development remains as a formidable task. The absence of common understanding among stakeholders and the lack of appropriate sustainability reporting mechanism are possible causes. Many policies dealing with these issues tend to be too generic and broad-based for practical adaptation. While there had been a plenty of research initiatives on sustainability assessment, there is often a gap between sustainability deliverables during project implementation and the grandeur of promises during project conception. This paper reviews the historical context of sustainable development and its principles, and past studies on sustainable construction, focusing on infrastructure projects. It goes on to introduce a QUT research project aimed at identifying and integrating the different perceptions and priority needs of the stakeholders, along with identifying issues that impact on the gap between sustainability foci and its actual realization at project end level, in order to generate a framework of enhancing sustainable deliverables. It is expected that the research will help promote more integrated approaches to decision-making on the implementation of sustainability strategies and foci during the construction project delivery processes.

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ID Code: 48406
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Sustainable development, project delivery, construction management, infrastructure, performance enhancement
ISBN: 978-988-17808-1-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Construction Engineering (090502)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2012 01:02
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 04:11

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