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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU13052820

An MCDM Model for Sustainable Decision-Making in Municipal Residential Buildings Facilities Management

05 Mar 2021-Sustainability (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)-Vol. 13, Iss: 5, pp 2820
Abstract: Measuring and monitoring sustainability plays an essential role in impact assessment of global changes and development. Multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) represents a reliable and adequate technique for assessing sustainability, especially in the field of municipal buildings management, where numerous parameters and criteria are involved. This study presents an MCDM model for the sustainable decision-making, tailored to municipal residential buildings facilities management. The main outcome of this research concerned normalized and weighted decision-making matrixes, based on the complex proportion assessment (COPRAS) and weighted aggregated sum product assessment (WASPAS) methods, applied for ranking investment alternatives related to the management of the buildings. The delivered model was applied to 20 municipal buildings of Kaunas city municipality, located in Lithuania, which an EU member state employing practices and regulations in accordance with the EU acquis, as well as a former Soviet Republic. The proposed model aspires to enhance sustainability practices in the management of municipal buildings and to demonstrate a solid tool that will allow informed decision-making in the building management sector.

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Topics: Building management (52%), Sustainability (52%), Facility management (51%) ... read more
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Open accessPosted Content
01 Jan 2017-viXra
Abstract: The principles of sustainability have become particularly important in the construction, real estate maintenance sector, and all areas of life in recent years. The one of the major problem of urban territories that domestic and construction waste of generated products cannot be removed automatically.

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Topics: Construction waste (59%), Incineration (53%), Sustainability (52%)

109 Citations


Book ChapterDOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8426-2.CH001
01 Jan 2021-
Abstract: The present study proposes a novel integrated SWARA-CRITIC-COPRAS under the Pythagorean fuzzy (PF) environment to evaluate the barriers to developing the sustainable business model innovation (SBMI). To this end, the barriers were identified through the literature review and evaluated by three decision experts using linguistic variables. The PF-SWARA and the PF-CRITIC method were applied to calculate the weight of the subjective and objective barriers, and the PF-COPRAS was applied to evaluate alternatives concerning the identified weighted barriers, and sensitivity and comparative analyses were performed to evaluate the proposed method's performance. The results indicated that “lack of awareness” is the most significant barrier to SBMI and the proposed method is accurate, applicable, and reliable due to its sensitivity to weight changes

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU13147743
12 Jul 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: In Thailand, many municipalities lack the information to guide decision-making for improving environmental performance. They need tools to systematize the collection and analysis of data, and then to self-assess environmental performance to increase efficiency in environmental management toward a sustainable city. The aim of this study is to develop a platform for self-assessment of an environmental performance index. Nonthaburi municipality, Hat Yai municipality, and Yasothon municipality were selected to study the work context for six indicators, viz., energy, greenhouse gas, water, air, waste, and green area, which were important environmental problems. The development of an online system called “EcoCitOpia” divides municipality assessment into four parts: data collection, database creation, data analysis, and data display. The municipality can use the system for the assessment of environmental performance and the creation of a separate database based on indicators. The system can analyze the results and display them in the form of radar graphs, line graphs, and tables for use in public communication that will lead to cooperation in solving environmental problems at the policy level for urban development to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Topics: Sustainable development (56%), Environmental Performance Index (55%), Sustainable city (54%) ... read more

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU131910868
30 Sep 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: Recent disasters have emphasized the need for further action to protect businesses and society from long-term sustainability threats. We believe that the crisis is hastening nascent ESG trends, and that the increased focus on a company’s environmental and social impact will last long after crises have passed. We refined three fundamental concepts that guide our thinking on investing based on environmental, social, and governance factors as our approach to sustainable investing has evolved. The ESG factor assessments are more of an inherent aspect of a sound investment process than a separate investment discipline. When ESG variables are considered, the focus is on long-term risk adjusted investment returns. Investors should choose the strategy that best matches with their goals and interests. ESG investing is not a simple yes or no answer. The research gap extracted from the previous studies is to determine the relationship among the influencing factors of ESG and its priority with their driving and dependence capabilities. We used an ISM Approach to uncover the interrelationships and influencing behavior among the elements for considering ESG in investment after conducting a thorough literature research and consulting with experts. Here interpretive structural modeling (ISM) was used to explore the links among such extracted factors and its interdependencies. There was also focus on the short-term and long-term factors to achieve our desired objective. Our research will assist businesses in attracting and obtaining finance. The results of this analysis will be helpful for leaders to understand the impact of ESG on the investment aspects of an organization.

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.3390/SU132111629
11 Jan 2021-Sustainability
Abstract: There is a broad international consensus about the urgency of promoting a strong change towards energy models that are less dependent on non-renewable energy sources, more equitable, and truly environmentally friendly. In order to achieve this goal, we need to define the problem so that it can be operationally and comprehensively addressed. This paper presents a proposal of a framework for the analysis of the sustainability of energy models based on multiple criteria theory, which we consider comprehensive and operational enough. Its application to a real energy model, the Spanish one, shows that the framework is able to address most of the elements both of weak and strong sustainability and find a reasonable compromise within the limits of the problem.

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ECOLIND.2014.06.011
Abstract: Sustainability assessments require the management of a wide variety of information types, parameters and uncertainties. Multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA) has been regarded as a suitable set of methods to perform sustainability evaluations as a result of its flexibility and the possibility of facilitating the dialogue between stakeholders, analysts and scientists. However, it has been reported that researchers do not usually properly define the reasons for choosing a certain MCDA method instead of another. Familiarity and affinity with a certain approach seem to be the drivers for the choice of a certain procedure. This review paper presents the performance of five MCDA methods (i.e. MAUT, AHP, PROMETHEE, ELECTRE and DRSA) in respect to ten crucial criteria that sustainability assessments tools should satisfy, among which are a life cycle perspective, thresholds and uncertainty management, software support and ease of use. The review shows that MAUT and AHP are fairly simple to understand and have good software support, but they are cognitively demanding for the decision makers, and can only embrace a weak sustainability perspective as trade-offs are the norm. Mixed information and uncertainty can be managed by all the methods, while robust results can only be obtained with MAUT. ELECTRE, PROMETHEE and DRSA are non-compensatory approaches which consent to use a strong sustainability concept, accept a variety of thresholds, but suffer from rank reversal. DRSA is less demanding in terms of preference elicitation, is very easy to understand and provides a straightforward set of decision rules expressed in the form of elementary “if … then …” conditions. Dedicated software is available for all the approaches with a medium to wide range of results capability representation. DRSA emerges as the easiest method, followed by AHP, PROMETHEE and MAUT, while ELECTRE is regarded as fairly difficult. Overall, the analysis has shown that most of the requirements are satisfied by the MCDA methods (although to different extents) with the exclusion of management of mixed data types and adoption of life cycle perspective which are covered by all the considered approaches.

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Open accessJournal ArticleDOI: 10.5755/J01.EEE.122.6.1810
Abstract: One of important parts of every computer-aided multiple criteria decision support system is selection of a proper MCDM (Multiple Criteria Decision Making) method. WSM (Weighted Sum Model) and WPM (Weighted Product Model) are analyzed in the current research. The aim of the research is to measure the accuracy of the latter methods and to propose a method to increase the ranking accuracy of alternatives. It is proposed to apply joint WASPAS (Weighted Aggregates Sum Product Assessment) method. Methodology for evaluation of accuracy, based on initial criteria values, is developed. Optimization of weighted aggregated function is suggested, that enables to reach the highest accuracy of measurement. An example of application of the proposed methodology is presented. Ill. 3, bibl. 15, tabl. 4 (in English; abstracts in English and Lithuanian). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.eee.122.6.1810

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ENBUILD.2005.08.005
Abstract: Calculations of building retrofit effectiveness have shown that the replacement of original windows with new ones is not as effective in terms of heat energy saving as are the insulation of a roof, walls and other improvements because the investments are large and take a long time to be repaid. However, in addition to energy saving, window replacement improves the indoor climate of the building, its interior and architectural appearance as well as its market value. The sequence of building operations determines when the replacement of windows should be done. When financial resources are limited, managers of public buildings often begin the renovation of a building's envelope with the replacement of windows. The client faces some problems in choosing among the great variety of windows to satisfy his/her needs, especially with respect to the cost-quality relationship. The method of multiple criteria complex proportional assessment (COPRAS) developed by the authors aims at solving the above-mentioned problems. The solutions based on multicriteria analysis allow for a more rational and realistic assessment of customer's needs as well as cutting down window renewal costs. In this paper, practical example (key-case) of selecting a contractor for the replacement of windows in the main building of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) is presented as a part of its retrofit multivariant design.

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Journal ArticleDOI: 10.1016/J.ASOC.2011.08.058
Ying-Chyi Chou1, Chia Chi Sun2, Hsin-Yi Yen3Institutions (3)
01 Jan 2012-
Abstract: This study intends to use a combination of fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and fuzzy Decision-making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) method in human resource for science and technology (HRST). Specifically, this study first uses AHP to evaluate the weighting for each criterion and then use DEMATEL method to establish contextual relationships among those criteria. We find out Infrastructure might be more critical since it is a cause and will directly influence human resource for science and technology performance. For human resource for science and technology (HRST), improving Infrastructure might be a better choice for the long period of time. Moreover, Education, R&D Expenses and Immediate output are more important second-tier criteria than Value, Cooperation, Labor Market, Human Capital and Intermediate output. Therefore, the improvement should be started with Infrastructure, particularly on identification of the Education, R&D Expenses and Immediate output.

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Open accessPosted Content
01 Jan 2017-viXra
Abstract: The principles of sustainability have become particularly important in the construction, real estate maintenance sector, and all areas of life in recent years. The one of the major problem of urban territories that domestic and construction waste of generated products cannot be removed automatically.

... read more

Topics: Construction waste (59%), Incineration (53%), Sustainability (52%)

109 Citations


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