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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.

Bogenstätter, U (2000) Prediction and optimization of life-cycle costs in early design. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 376–86.

Bon, R and Hutchinson, K (2000) Sustainable construction: some economic challenges. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 310–4.

Bordass, B (2000) Cost and value: fact and fiction. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 338–52.

Cole, R J and Sterner, E (2000) Reconciling theory and practice of life-cycle costing. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 368–75.

Heerwagen, J (2000) Green buildings, organizational success and occupant productivity. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 353–67.

Hydes, K R and Creech, L (2000) Reducing mechanical equipment cost: the economics of green design. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 403–7.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: green buildings; sustainable design; mechanical systems; innovation; economics; energy efficiency; cost; integrated design; recycled building materials
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=1m6pamwxkem3p7y3
  • Abstract:
    A common misconception is that innovative design and sustainable engineering carry a capital cost premium. This need not be the case. Many architects and engineers are finding better ways of achieving energy efficient designs at or below conventional building cost. Two case studies of green buildings are discussed with a particular focus on capital cost issues. In the first case study, the extensive use of salvaged building materials and equipment results in a building with low environmental impact. Although added risk exists in using salvaged equipment, it is argued that the benefits far outweigh the challenges as substantial cost savings can be realized. The second case study is used to demonstrate a variety of design techniques that increased the thermal and lighting efficiency of the building, thereby reducing the capital and operating costs of mechanical equipment. The authors conclude that clients are demanding more efficient designs and generally recognize the economic value of sustainable buildings. Design professionals must therefore rise to this challenge and dare to be innovative -it is worth the risk.

Jarkas, A M (2010) The influence of buildability factors on rebar fixing labour productivity of beams. Construction Management and Economics, 28(05), 527–43.

Larsson, N K and Clark, J (2000) Incremental costs within the design process for energy efficient buildings. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 413–8.

Lingard, H C, Francis, V and Turner, M (2010) Work–family enrichment in the Australian construction industry: implications for job design. Construction Management and Economics, 28(05), 467–80.

Malin, N (2000) The cost of green materials. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 408–12.

Marrero, M and Ramirez-De-Arellano, A (2010) The building cost system in Andalusia: application to construction and demolition waste management. Construction Management and Economics, 28(05), 495–507.

Ness, K (2010) The discourse of ‘Respect for People’ in UK construction. Construction Management and Economics, 28(05), 481–93.

Olawale, Y A and Sun, M (2010) Cost and time control of construction projects: inhibiting factors and mitigating measures in practice. Construction Management and Economics, 28(05), 509–26.

Papamichael, K (2000) Green building performance prediction/assessment. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 394–402.

Reed, W G and Gordon, E B (2000) Integrated design and building process: what research and methodologies are needed?. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 325–37.

Ross, N, Bowen, P A and Lincoln, D (2010) Sustainable housing for low-income communities: lessons for South Africa in local and other developing world cases. Construction Management and Economics, 28(05), 433–49.

Sterner, E (2000) Life-cycle costing and its use in the Swedish building sector. Building Research & Information, 28(05), 387–93.

Tuuli, M M, Rowlinson, S and Koh, T Y (2010) Control modes and mechanisms in construction project teams: drivers and consequences. Construction Management and Economics, 28(05), 451–65.