Little is known about the environmental consequences of using a building and managing its technical performances. This paper presents a theoretical framework for research on the environmental impacts of the use phase in the building life cycle. Four actors in the use phase are considered. First, the designer of the building who influences the amount and kind of management needed and, to a lesser extent, the behaviour of the occupant. Second, the builder that delivers work of a certain quality. Third, the owner of the building who decides on actual management activities. Fourth, the occupant of the building who is responsible for the amount of resources consumed and, to a lesser extent, the need for certain management activities.
The research aims to provide tools for the owner and user of a building which enable them to make decisions that are better for the environment. Also, it aims to provide a tool for the building designer in his role of developer of the building and its management requirements.
|Title of host publication||ENHR New researchers conference|
|Editors||KD Andrews, B Cernic Mali|
|Place of Publication||Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Publisher||Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Publisher||Urban planning institute of the republic of Slovenia|