Evaluating the Successful Sustainable Outcome Criteria in the AEC industry using AHP
The owners’ commitment level to the completion of the sustainable project is imperative for implementing sustainability in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (A/E/C) industry. Besides the owners, the architects, engineers, and contractors also play a great role in the construction process. This research presents the results for the survey on evaluating the successful sustainable outcome criteria so that practical experiences on sustainability are obtained. Respondents were asked to answer which attribute has greater influence on the attribute one level higher in the hierarchy and to what extent they prefer. Twenty completed surveys were collected and the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was applied to analyze the data. The results indicate that the quality of the finished product is the most significant effect on sustainability because the overall performance after completion is the most important factor when designing/building a facility. This research will provide an alternative to complex judgments by categorizing priorities among criteria and also help the owner to make a decision on commitment to sustainability.
Keywords: Sustainability, Criteria, Architecture, Engineering, Construction Industry, Survey
Dr. Jin-Lee Kim
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, Missouri Western State University