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Bartlett, E and Howard, N (2000) Informing the decision makers on the cost and value of green building. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 315–24.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: green buildings; economics; life-cycle costing; property; environmental performance; finance; clients; cost estimates; investors; UK
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=ju5g3fr8unb2jcln
  • Abstract:
    This paper seeks to challenge the traditional way in which we assess the value of green buildings in terms of their environmental friendliness, energy efficiency and whole life cost. In the UK, quantity surveyors (or cost consultants) have a perception that more energy efficient and environmentally friendly buildings cost between 5% and 15% more to build from the outset. This common assumption is not backed up by recent research and should be questioned. Construction professionals need to be informed to the whole life cost and environmental impact of buildings so that they can encourage key stakeholders to make more sustainable choices. These emerging issues together with practical tool are considered with case studies from recent projects.