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Design of A Sustainable Building: A Conceptual Framework for Implementing Sustainability in the Building Sector

DOI: 10.3390/buildings2020126

Keywords: sustainable building, conceptual framework, resource conservation, cost efficiency, human adaptation

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This paper presents a conceptual framework aimed at implementing sustainability principles in the building industry. The proposed framework based on the sustainable triple bottom line principle, includes resource conservation, cost efficiency and design for human adaptation. Following a thorough literature review, each principle involving strategies and methods to be applied during the life cycle of building projects is explained and a few case studies are presented for clarity on the methods. The framework will allow design teams to have an appropriate balance between economic, social and environmental issues, changing the way construction practitioners think about the information they use when assessing building projects, thereby facilitating the sustainability of building industry.


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