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Type: Conference paper
Title: Transition to a sustainability-oriented construction industry in China: a critical analysis from the multi-level perspective
Author: Chang, R.
Zillante, G.
Soebarto, V.
Zhao, Z.
Citation: ICCREM 2015: Environment and the sustainable building: proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, 2015 / Wang, Y., Olofsson, T., Shen, G., Yong, B. (ed./s), pp.361-368
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Publisher Place: USA
Issue Date: 2015
ISBN: 9780784479377
Conference Name: International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management (ICCREM 2015) (11 Aug 2015 - 12 Aug 2015 : Lulea, Sweden)
Editor: Wang, Y.
Olofsson, T.
Shen, G.
Yong, B.
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Ruidong Chang, George Zillante, Veronica Soebarto and Zhenyu Zhao
Abstract: Since the Chinese construction industry has huge impacts on China’s economy, society and environment, the sustainability of this industry is very important. Scholars have explored the sustainability drivers and barriers of the Chinese construction industry, trying to help it transition to a sustainability-oriented industry. However, few of them succeeded in offering a systematic approach to respond to the complexity of the sustainability transition issue. This paper aims at introducing the multi-level perspective from the socio-technical transition research into the research field of the construction industry, to systematically analyse the sustainability transition issue of the Chinese construction industry. Based on the multi-level perspective, the drivers and barriers are assessed. The results show that various elements in the construction industry, such as the corporations, policy, technology, and culture, coevolve and have multi-dimensional interactions, and various drivers and barriers of sustainability coexist and intertwined. To facilitate the sustainability transition process, systematic instruments are needed.
Rights: © 2015
DOI: 10.1061/9780784479377.042
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