Failures of sustainable design and construction: Lessons from adopters
14 Aug 2018-pp 137-147
About: The article was published on 2018-08-14. It has received None citations till now. The article focuses on the topics: Sustainable design.
TL;DR: In this paper, the authors examined whether the LEED rating system creates any negative inadvertent environmental effects and if so, what they are and whether doing something that is not sustainable ever helps a project get a higher score.
Abstract: Unintended consequences invariably accompany regulations and standards. This study examined whether the LEED rating system creates any negative inadvertent environmental effects and, if so, what they are. In effect, can doing something that is not sustainable ever help a project get a higher score? The research tool consisted of semi-structured interviews with construction management personnel responsible for the LEED aspects of projects. The study looked at specific LEED certified projects around the southeastern United States. These interviews gathered project specific information about the company responsible for building, the interviewee's experience and views, and the general project. Most importantly, the interviews collected data on any instances of negative unintended environmental effects. Of the 16 projects considered, two included cases of unintended effects. Both cases resulted from situations in which the project location made the otherwise beneficial LEED requirement inappropriate. ...