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Buildings  2013 

Between Research and Practice: Experts on Implementing Sustainable Construction

DOI: 10.3390/buildings3040739

Keywords: energy, construction, architecture, implementation, Switzerland, Science and Technology Studies (STS), stakeholders, experts, sustainability

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Despite documented political support for energy reduction measures in Switzerland’s built environment, as well as high international regard for its construction and research sectors, design practitioners and researchers perceive a diverse set of challenges involved in the implementation of green development solutions. Grounded in Science and Technology Studies (STS), observations drawn from 31 semi-structured qualitative interviews conducted with Swiss building industry experts provide insight into the relationships between designers, researchers and public authorities. A series of examples from the empirical data show how regulatory frictions and the challenges of implementing construction strategies into diverse domestic and international working contexts are ameliorated.

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