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Briscoe, G (2006) How useful and reliable are construction statistics?. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 220–9.

Clarke, L (2006) Valuing labour. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 246–56.

Crawford, P and Vogl, B (2006) Measuring productivity in the construction industry. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 208–19.

Ekeskär, A, Rudberg, M, Institutionen för teknik och, n, Linköpings, u, Kommunikations- och, t and Tekniska, f (2016) Third-party logistics in construction: The case of a large hospital project. Construction Management and Economics, 34(03), 174-91.

Franz, B W and Leicht, R M (2016) An alternative classification of project delivery methods used in the United States building construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 34(03), 160-73.

Hu, X and Liu, C (2016) Profitability performance assessment in the Australian construction industry: A global relational two-stage DEA method. Construction Management and Economics, 34(03), 147-59.

Ive, G (2006) Re-examining the costs and value ratios of owning and occupying buildings. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 230-45.

Khan, K I A, Flanagan, R and Lu, S-L (2016) Managing information complexity using system dynamics on construction projects. Construction Management and Economics, 34(03), 192-204.

Kohler, N (2006) A European perspective on the Pearce report: policy and research. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 287–94.

Macmillan, S (2006) Added value of good design. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 257–71.

Pearce, D (2006) Is the construction sector sustainable?: definitions and reflections. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 201–7.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Assets; environmental (natural) capital; human capital; man-made capital; social capital; sustainability; sustainable development; wealth accounting; wealth
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=p68328u401055656
  • Abstract:
    The paper reflects on the analysis of the UK construction industry in the Pearce Report of 2003. It outlines the economist's approach to sustainability, which, to date, has been mainly applied at the national economy level. That approach rests on the perception that human well-being is determined by wealth, or assets. Wealth needs to be interpreted broadly and reference is made to the growing literature that measures the asset base of a nation. The paper asks how far the asset-based approach can be applied to the sectoral level of an industry. While sustainability, and sustainable development, have broadly been assumed to be ‘good things’, the paper raises some challenges to an unquestioning belief in the notions of sustainability as guides to policy. By and large, however, using the asset-based approach is seen to provide real insights into the functioning of the construction sector and its broader role in social and economic development.

Tombesi, P (2006) Good thinking and poor value: on the socialization of knowledge in construction. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 272–86.

Turner, R K (2006) Sustainability auditing and assessment challenges. Building Research & Information, 34(03), 197–200.