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What is stopping sustainable building in England? Barriers experienced by stakeholders in delivering sustainable developments

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  • Katie Williams

    (Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development, School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University, UK)

  • Carol Dair

    (Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development, School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University, UK)

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In England there is both top-down and bottom-up pressure to deliver a sustainable built environment. However, most new projects display few sustainability features. This paper presents 12 barriers to achieving sustainability in development schemes, drawn from qualitative research on five recently completed projects in England. The barriers that were identified by the stakeholders in the schemes include a lack of consideration of sustainability measures, real and perceived costs and inadequate expertise and powers. The paper concludes by suggesting some ways in which these barriers might be overcome. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

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  • Katie Williams & Carol Dair, 2007. "What is stopping sustainable building in England? Barriers experienced by stakeholders in delivering sustainable developments," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(3), pages 135-147.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:sustdv:v:15:y:2007:i:3:p:135-147
    DOI: 10.1002/sd.308
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