Beyond sustainable buildings: eco-efficiency to eco-effectiveness through cradle-to-cradle design

Ankrah, N.A. and Manu, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-9002-3681, 2013. Beyond sustainable buildings: eco-efficiency to eco-effectiveness through cradle-to-cradle design. In: Sustainable Building Conference 2013 (SB13), Coventry University, Coventry, 3-5 July 2013.

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The cradle-to-cradle (C2C) philosophy has been described as a paradigm changing innovative platform for achieving ecologically intelligent and environmentally restorative buildings. Whereas conventional sustainability efforts focus on doing “less harm” to the environment,C2C proposes a radically new way of thinking about waste, renewable energy and promotion of diversity. Industry specific barriers to change however hinder adoption of C2C in the built environment. In this study, it is argued from a synthesis of extant literature that many of these barriers are rooted in socio-cultural factors, a better understanding of which could help accelerate adoption of C2C principles in the built environment. Using business park developments as a backdrop, a framework for interrogating the socio-cultural context within which development projects take place and barriers to C2C adoption is proposed. The framework incorporates the competing values framework which is adapted to facilitate diagnosis and matching of different organisational value profiles to the choices that development stakeholders are likely to make in relation to C2C implementation. A key theoretical proposition which derives from this framework is that stakeholder organisations that subscribe to open system values are more likely to overcome socio - cultural barriers and implement C2C principles as a design model compared to stakeholder organisations that orient towards internal process values. It is anticipated that culture profiles of key stakeholder organisations and the nature of their alignment towards C2C oriented changes will be identified through empirical testing of this framework.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Ankrah, N.A. and Manu, E.
Date: 2013
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 12 Nov 2015 15:48
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:57

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