Key drivers of sustainable construction

Michael Murray, David Langford, Paul Tansey

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Abstract

The construction of any building / project can have a detrimental impact on a local, regional and international environment. Thus, concern for our environs has led to the concept of ‘sustainable development’ and in turn ‘sustainable construction’. Construction companies in many countries are under pressure to align their processes with such an ideology. Pressure from Government legislation and other stakeholder groups have acted as a catalyst for the evolution of the sustainable movement. In construction, the concept of ‘supply-chain-management’ has acted as a catalyst for a deeper analysis of sustainability issues within the procurement process.

This paper discusses research undertaken into one such supply chain in an Irish construction company. The results show some attempt to employ sustainable construction practice, but that this drive was relatively small in relation to what can be achieved overall in sustainability terms. It was also found that most of the sustainable approaches adopted by the different supply-chain groups are in relation to issues like planning/development acts, environmental impact statements, waste management and efficient use of resources, while, only a few suppliers were found to be concerned with the issue of energy efficiency.

Conference

ConferenceCIB W92 on Procurement Systems “Project Procurement for Infrastructure Construction”
CountryIndia
CityChenai
Period7/01/0410/01/04

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Sustainable development
Supply chains
Catalysts
Supply chain management
Waste management
Environmental impact
Energy efficiency
Industry
Planning

Keywords

  • key drivers
  • sustainable construction
  • building construction
  • environmental impact

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Murray, M., Langford, D., & Tansey, P. (2004). Key drivers of sustainable construction. 315-326. Paper presented at CIB W92 on Procurement Systems “Project Procurement for Infrastructure Construction” , Chenai, India.
Murray, Michael ; Langford, David ; Tansey, Paul. / Key drivers of sustainable construction. Paper presented at CIB W92 on Procurement Systems “Project Procurement for Infrastructure Construction” , Chenai, India.12 p.
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Murray, M, Langford, D & Tansey, P 2004, 'Key drivers of sustainable construction' Paper presented at CIB W92 on Procurement Systems “Project Procurement for Infrastructure Construction” , Chenai, India, 7/01/04 - 10/01/04, pp. 315-326.

Key drivers of sustainable construction. / Murray, Michael; Langford, David; Tansey, Paul.

2004. 315-326 Paper presented at CIB W92 on Procurement Systems “Project Procurement for Infrastructure Construction” , Chenai, India.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Murray M, Langford D, Tansey P. Key drivers of sustainable construction. 2004. Paper presented at CIB W92 on Procurement Systems “Project Procurement for Infrastructure Construction” , Chenai, India.