Evaluating the Successful Sustainable Outcome Criteria in the AEC industry using AHP

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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
Stream: Cultural Sustainability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English

Dr. Jin-Lee Kim

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Technology, Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, Missouri, USA

Dr. Jin-Lee Kim is an assistant professor of Construction Engineering Technology in the Department of Engineering Technology at the Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO, U.S.A. His research interests include sustainabilty, information technology in construction, simulation based resource scheduling and optimization techniques, integration of CAD and GIS for application in AEC industry, and nanotechnology in concrete. His teaching interests include financial aspects of engineering projects, construction management-related courses, construction materials, and others. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineering.

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