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Boyd, P, Larsen, G D and Schweber, L (2015) The co-development of technology and new buildings: incorporating building integrated photovoltaics. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 349-60.

  • Type: Journal Article
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2015.1074262
  • Abstract:
    Current approaches for the reduction of carbon emissions in buildings are often predicated on the integration of renewable technologies into building projects. Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) is one of these technologies and brings its own set of challenges and problems with a resulting mutual articulation of this technology and the building. A Social Construction of Technology (SCOT) approach explores how negotiations between informal groups of project actors with shared interests shape the ongoing specification of both BIPV and the building. Six main groups with different interests were found to be involved in the introduction of BIPV (Cost Watchers, Design Aesthetes, Green Guardians, Design Optimizers, Generation Maximizers and Users). Their involvement around three sets of issues (design changes from lack of familiarity with the technology, misunderstandings from unfamiliar interdependencies of trades and the effects of standard firm procedure) is followed. Findings underline how BIPV requires a level of integration that typically spans different work packages and how standard contractual structures inhibit the smooth incorporation of BIPV. Successful implementation is marked by ongoing (re-)design of both the building and the technology as informal fluid groups of project actors with shared interests address the succession of problems which arise in the process of implementation.

Cole, R J (2005) Building environmental assessment methods: redefining intentions and roles. Building Research & Information, 33(05), 455–67.

Galea, N, Powell, A, Loosemore, M and Chappell, L (2015) Designing robust and revisable policies for gender equality: lessons from the Australian construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 375-89.

Gomes, V and Silva, M G d (2005) Exploring sustainable construction: implications from Latin America. Building Research & Information, 33(05), 428–40.

Gosling, J, Naim, M, Towill, D, Abouarghoub, W and Moone, B (2015) Supplier development initiatives and their impact on the consistency of project performance. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 390-403.

Hook, M, Stehn, L and Brege, S (2015) The development of a portfolio of business models: a longitudinal case study of a building material company. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 334-48.

Kaatz, E, Root, D and Bowen, P (2005) Broadening project participation through a modified building sustainability assessment. Building Research & Information, 33(05), 441–54.

Larsson, N (2005) Regionalism and sustainable development: genesis of SB04. Building Research & Information, 33(05), 397–404.

Lorenz, D, Lützkendorf, T and Panek, A (2005) Sustainable construction in Central/Eastern Europe: implications from SB04 in Warsaw. Building Research & Information, 33(05), 416–27.

Löwstedt, M (2015) ‘Taking off my glasses in order to see’: exploring practice on a building site using self-reflexive ethnography. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 404-14.

O’Keeffe, D, Thomson, D and Dainty, A (2015) Evaluating the design of hospitals within a practice order network. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 415-27.

Plessis, C d (2005) Action for sustainability: preparing an African plan for sustainable building and construction. Building Research & Information, 33(05), 405–15.

Seboni, L and Tutesigensi, A (2015) Project manager-to-project allocations in practice: an empirical study of the decision-making practices of a multi-project based organization. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 428-43.

Sherratt, F (2015) Legitimizing public health control on sites? A critical discourse analysis of the Responsibility Deal Construction Pledge. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 444-52.

Sherratt, F, Crapper, M, Foster-Smith, L and Walsh, S (2015) Safety and volunteer construction workers. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 361-74.

Shibeika, A and Harty, C (2015) Diffusion of digital innovation in construction: a case study of a UK engineering firm. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 453-66.

Ulubeyli, S, Arslan, V and Kivrak, S (2015) A semiotic analysis of cartoons about occupational health and safety issues in the construction workplace. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 467-83.

Viking, A and Lidelöw, S (2015) Exploring industrialized housebuilders’ interpretations of local requirements using institutional logics. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 484-94.

Xiong, B, Skitmore, M and Xia, B (2015) Exploring and validating the internal dimensions of occupational stress: evidence from construction cost estimators in China. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 495-507.