AN INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT APPROACH TO DESIGNING SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS
OSAMA A. B. HASSAN
This article advances building sustainability theory by relating quality and environmental methodologies to building construction. The sustainability criteria and indicators are first defined and then linked to the integration problem. For designing for sustainability, widely-used methodologies, such as total quality management (TQM), life cycle analysis (LCA), life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA), value-focused thinking (VFT), benchmarking, and others are presented. Key concepts that contribute to sustainable building design and construction are found. These concepts are arranged by construction stages and activities, and the common areas for integration are discussed at the level of specific products and processes as well as at the construction company level.
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