How to make decision-makers aware of sustainable construction?

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Due to multi-criteria requirements in sustainable construction, complexity in decision-making processes is increasing. Limited awareness of systemic effects may lead to imprecise and/or wrong decisions early on in the design stage of building projects. At present, there is a lack of appropriate methods to manage a multicriteria decision-making process based on a systemic approach. In this article, a methodological approach for the support of decision-making in the early design stage is presented. Based on a grid of sustainability evaluation criteria, a systemic approach is applied and implemented in a three-level process model. The application of the presented process model allows the visualization of possible synergies and trade-offs by implementing sustainable construction. Depending on the expected quality level of the decision-makers’ goals, the most crucial life cycle processes can be highlighted additionally. The simplification of complex decision-making by visualizing holistic impacts should lead to increased awareness towards implementing sustainable construction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife-Cycle Analysis and Assessment in Civil Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationTowards an Integrated Vision - Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2018
EditorsDan M. Frangopol, Robby Caspeele, Luc Taerwe
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-22891-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-62633-1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering: IALCCE 2018 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 28 Oct 201831 Oct 2018


Conference6th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering
Abbreviated titleIALCCE 2018
OtherIALCCE 2018 - The Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

Fields of Expertise

  • Sustainable Systems


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