chapter  4.4
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Green Theory in the Construction Fields

WithKathleen Henderson

This chapter discusses the integration of ecological design and project management principles in the construction process. Construction industry project managers perceived that the challenge in every project was to 'execute the tasks to meet the required quality standards, while expending minimum possible time, cost and resource'. As the concept of sustainability has seeped into the public consciousness, construction managers find themselves at the hub of a much more complex cycle of decision making. A systems approach may be utilised to develop construction processes that integrate the ecological dimension. The chapter suggests that there are changing trends in building research. The development of tools to measure the environmental impact of buildings is an ongoing and evolving process. Very little research is being done that goes beyond design and into the process of building construction, certainly none that looks at 'greening' construction processes.