Ofek, S., Akron, S., Portnov, B. A. (2018). Stimulating Green Construction by Influencing the Decision-making of Main Players

Abstract: Green buildings or Environmentally Friendly Buildings (EFBs) take into account conservation needs and use key resources more efficiently than conventional buildings. However, EFBs, often characterized by relatively high construction costs, may materialize benefits through long-term maintenance and energy savings. Therefore, it is essential to convince main players in the construction field, that investment in EFBs is justifiable....

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Laraichi, M. O. & Daim, T. U. (2017). Assessing Government’s Solutions for Urban Growth Within a Sustainable Development Approach

Abstract: A growing number of cities around the world have been chasing the Sustainable Development Model, balancing between economic health, environment resilience and social equity in an overall transparent governance. Given the demographic trend of cities, welcoming an increasing share of the world’s population, urban planners and government officials are challenged by a growing Urban Density. With a significant population increase pace,...

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Everett, G. & Lamond, J. (2018). Green roofs: Perceptions in the Newcastle, UK CBD

Abstract: This paper explores perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of green roofs for commercial real estate building owners/occupiers in a UK city, and considers how these might affect the chances of their adoption.  Two sets of semi-structured interviews were conducted with purposively-selected respondents, ten with and twenty-five without green roofs, to compare and contrast differing perspectives. A grounded theory approach was...

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Shealy, T., Johnson, E., Weber, E., Klotz, L., Applegate, S., Ismael, D., Bell, R. G. (2018). Providing descriptive norms during engineering design can encourage more sustainable infrastructure

Abstract: Engineering design decisions can produce more sustainable civil infrastructure systems, but cognitive barriers to innovative thinking often inhibit such outcomes. Existing research shows how descriptive norms that provide decision-makers with information about how others decide in a given context, can encourage more sustainable choices among users. Research described in this article shows that descriptive norms can encourage more...

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McCullough, M. B., Martin, M. D., Sajady, M. A. (ND). Implementing Green Walls in Schools

Abstract: Numerous studies in applied pedagogical design have shown that, at all educational levels, direct exposure to the natural environment can enhance learning by improving student attention and behaviors. Implementing green walls—a “vertical garden”, or “living wall” interior wall that typically includes greenery, a growing medium (soil or substrate) and a water delivery system—provides environmental health benefits,...

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