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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 0 Citations On the Way Towards Sustainable Building Pekka Huovila Published: 01 January 2001
GeoJournal Library, doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-3563-6_15
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Construction is an old and practice-oriented discipline. Its end products, buildings, are assembled and maintained to meet the needs of their users and owners. In other words: buildings provide services to other stakeholders (Figure 15.1). It means that construction, together with its support network (design, manufacturing etc.), should today and tomorrow produce facilities — not that much from its own aspirations — but rather to serve users in their operations and owners in their businesses in a rapidly changing and demanding market environment (Huovila, 1999). Buildings should meet, not only the needs of their first users and owners, but also their future users and owners. This paper tries to expose the sustainability of buildings over their life span as part of the real estate and construction cluster and as part of the built environment. Urban issues are not discussed in detail in this paper and the emphasis is in the environmental aspects.