A Delphi study on the critical sustainability criteria and indicators for Australian road infrastructure projects

Lim, S. K. & Yang, Jay (2009) A Delphi study on the critical sustainability criteria and indicators for Australian road infrastructure projects. In van den Dobbelsteen , A (Ed.) Proceedings of the 3rd CIB International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environments, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands, pp. 1-7.

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With increasing media exposure and evidence of environmental impacts, it is increasingly recognized that incorporating sustainability principles in construction works is both crucial and beneficial. However a recent survey reveals that among stakeholders of infrastructure projects such as roads, there is no common understanding on what constitutes sustainability in real-life projects. Sustainability has been interpreted widely and differently and as a result, sustainability outcomes are not tangible at the project level or often neglected. Under such conditions, policies and strategies on sustainability remain largely ideological and cannot be sufficiently reflected in the actual project delivery. The major difficulty of this sustainability pursuit lies in the lack of consensus among the experts on sustainability criteria and indicators. To move ahead, these criteria and indicators are to be agreed upon.

This paper reviews the sustainable infrastructure development, its criteria and indicators, focusing on road infrastructure context. It goes on to introduce a Delphi study, an integral part of a QUT research, aimed at identifying critical sustainability criteria and indicators for Australian road infrastructure projects. It paves the way for further identification of solutions for each critical indicator at a subsequent stage. The criteria, indicators and solutions will be encapsulated into a decision making framework for the enhancement of sustainability deliverables. By doing so, the research will promote more integrated thinking of and consistent approaches to the sustainability agenda in road and highway infrastructure projects in Australia.

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ID Code: 48431
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable development, Delphi, project delivery, construction management, road infrastructure
ISBN: 978-90-5269-373-6
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2012 03:26
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 02:10

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