Design-build contractor selection for public sustainable buildings

Xia, Bo, Chen, Qing, Xu, Yelin, Li, Mei, & Jin, Xiaohua (2015) Design-build contractor selection for public sustainable buildings. Journal of Management in Engineering, 31(5), 04014070.

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Abstract

Design-build (DB) is regarded as an effective means of delivering high performance green buildings, and the selection of DB contractors is of critical importance. The objective of this study is to evaluate the selection of design-builders for public buildings seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and compare the selection practices involved with those of non-LEED-seeking DB projects through a robust content analysis of 74 DB request for proposals (RFPs) for public DB projects. The results of the content analysis reveal that the level of LEED certification is the dominant means of conveying the sustainability requirements in RFPs for contractor selection, with the majority of RFPs (60%) including sustainability requirements as part of the contractor evaluation package. With the exception of contractors' past performance, there is no statistically significant difference in the importance weightings of selection criteria between LEED-seeking and non-LEED-seeking buildings, and DB owners tend to place more emphasis on innovative technical solutions rather than the past performance of DB contractors. Additionally, the research findings also indicate that owners of LEED-seeking building projects tend to provide less design decisions in RFPs in order to solicit innovative design alternatives from potential DB contractors. This study provides DB owners with a number of practical implications for selecting appropriate design-builders for green DB projects.

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ID Code: 70471
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: design-build, green building, LEED, content analysis
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000295
ISSN: 1943-5479
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2014 02:53
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2015 23:01

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