A prototype system dynamic model for assessing the sustainability of construction projects

Zhang, Xiaoling, Wu, Yuzhe, Shen, Liyin, & Skitmore, Martin (2014) A prototype system dynamic model for assessing the sustainability of construction projects. International Journal of Project Management, 32(1), pp. 66-76.

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Abstract

There is a worldwide demand for an increasingly sustainable built environment. This has resulted in the need for a more accurate evaluation of the level of sustainability of construction projects. To do this it involves the development of better measurement and benchmarking methods. One approach is to use a theoretical model to assess construction projects in terms of their sustainable development value (SDV) and sustainable development ability (SDA) for implementation in the project life cycle, where SDA measures the contribution of a project to development sustainability and as a major criterion for assessing its feasibility.

This paper develops an improved SDA prototype model that incorporates the effects of dynamical factors on project sustainability. This involves the introduction of two major factors concerning technological advancement and changes in people's perceptions. A case study is used to demonstrate the procedures involved in simulation and modeling, one outcome of which is to demonstrate the greater influence of technological advancement on project sustainability than changes in perception.

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ID Code: 58232
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Construction Project Management, Sustainble Development Ability (SDA), System Dynamics
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.01.009
ISSN: 0263-7863
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier Ltd. APM and IPMA.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Project Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Project Management, [VOL 32, ISSUE 1, (2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2013.01.009
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2013 22:51
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 21:06

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