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Carter, K (2005) ConSus: a decision support tool for the procurement of sustainable social housing, Unpublished PhD Thesis, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University.

  • Type: Thesis
  • Keywords: grounded theory; government; housing projects; integration; policy; sustainable development; stakeholders; decision support; sustainability
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  • URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10399/272
  • Abstract:
    In terms of policy level interpretation there is a general consensus on the principal of sustainability. The UK Government has adopted the principles of sustainable development and encourages its integration into all publicly funded construction work. Social housing projects have a requirement to demonstrate sustainability, yet the people involved in their procurement have a varied understanding of the term. The research explores the interpretation of sustainability from the perspective of a housing association and develops a model of sustainability for the procurement of social housing. A grounded theory approach is used to explore the interpretation of sustainability in the procurement of social housing. A set of paradigm models are developed that explain the fundamental contextual issues and actions relating to sustainable development of social housing. The findings are confirmed by a national survey of the social housing sector that provides a snapshot of the industry. This confirms that a gap exists between policy and practice and highlights a need for a structured approach to delivering sustainability in a building project. A mixed methodology is used to develop a framework for stakeholders to reach consensus on sustainability in the procurement system. Based on the Delphi method, ConSus, is a web-based decision support tool enabling the explicit integration of sustainability into the procurement process. This approach provides a practical tool for use in the social housing sector.