How public owners communicate the sustainability requirements of green design-build projects

Xia, Bo, Skitmore, Martin, Wu, Peng, & Chen, Qing (2014) How public owners communicate the sustainability requirements of green design-build projects. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 140(8), 04014036.

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Abstract

The design-build (DB) system is regarded as an effective means of delivering sustainable buildings. Specifying clear sustainability requirements to potential contractors is of great importance to project success. This research investigates the current state-of-the-practice for the definition of sustainability requirements within the public sectors of the U.S. construction market using a robust content analysis of 49 DB requests for proposals (RFPs). The results reveal that owners predominantly communicate their desired level of sustainability through the LEED certification system. The sustainability requirement has become an important dimension for the best-value evaluation of DB contractors with specific importance weightings of up to 25%. Additionally, owners of larger projects and who provide less design information in their RFPs generally allocate significantly higher importance weightings to sustainability requirements. The primary knowledge contribution of this study to the construction industry is the reveal of current trend in DB procurement for green projects. The findings also provide owners, architects, engineers, and constructors with an effective means of communicating sustainability objectives in solicitation documents.

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ID Code: 70473
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Contractor Selection, Design-Build, Request for Proposals, Sustainability Requirements, Sustainable Buildings
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000879
ISSN: 1943-7862
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 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 24 Apr 2014 04:12
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 00:05

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