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Selecting problem-related environmental indicators for housing management
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2949-422X
2006 (English)In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321, Vol. 34, no 4, 321-333 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The performance of environmental management systems is difficult to evaluate due to insufficient methods for measuring their environmental impacts. A procedure is proposed that contains more environmentally relevant indicators for assessing environmental impacts. In addition, theoretical and practical criteria are suggested for evaluating the relevance of different indicators. This scheme was applied to the housing-management sector with the aim of finding more problem-related indicators. Data from three existing Swedish housing estates were collected and indicators calculated for three environmental aspects: energy use, household waste treatment and embedded toxic substances/materials. The results show that problem-related environmental indicators can be used in the housing sector to measure energy consumption and, to a certain extent, household waste treatment. Finding indicators for embedded toxic substances was found to be more problematic, but an example for further discussion is presented.

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2006. Vol. 34, no 4, 321-333 p.
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Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-13195DOI: 10.1080/09613210600733658ISI: 000239626700003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33746267200OAI: diva2:321713
QC 20100602Available from: 2010-06-02 Created: 2010-06-02 Last updated: 2010-06-02Bibliographically approved

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