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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.

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.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: low-income settlements; sustainable construction; sustainable development; developing world; South Africa
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446190903450079
  • Abstract:
    South Africa’s housing backlog continues to grow amid delivery focused more on quantum than on a consideration of the principles of sustainable construction. South Africa needs to move away from its existing poor environmental and housing conditions in the informal and low-income settlements and address its housing backlog by considering all the principles of sustainable construction. Using a case study approach, nine sustainable housing projects across the developing world and South Africa are assessed to draw best practice lessons for the construction of sustainable housing for low-income communities in South Africa. An evaluation framework comprising 49 indicators drawn from the literature is used to assess each case’s application of seven principles of sustainable construction. Many sustainable practices have successfully been implemented in the projects reviewed, including energy- and water-efficient systems, the reuse of old buildings, the use of non-toxic products, the preservation of natural vegetation, and the provision of settlements that are dense and well located. Barriers to the implementation of sustainable practices were identified as low levels of user support; initial high costs of certain sustainable measures; and political factors. The ‘minimization of materials’ was the most widely adopted sustainability criterion, whilst the ‘reuse of materials’ was the least. User support and acceptability, together with adequate funding, are crucial to the success of sustainable settlements. The results provide lessons for South Africa to address the needs of the poor using a comprehensive sustainability approach.

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.