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29 APR 2018

Benefits of green building: a literature review

Over the past few years, studies on the benefits of green building have been conducted and published. However, little scholarly attention has been paid to the need to review the existing literature on the benefits of green building adoption.

This paper provides a systematic review of selected academic papers published in construction management (CM) journals from 2000 to 2014 (years inclusive).

Growing concerns about the detrimental effects of the construction industry on the natural environment and human health have increased the popularity of green building (GB) globally. That is, GB has emerged as a promising way of making the activities and operations of the construction industry sustainable to the environment and human health.

Results showed that reduced lifecycle costs, energy saving, enhanced occupants’ health and comfort, improved overall productivity, and environmental protection are the most reported benefits in the literature. The outcomes of this paper would broaden the understanding of stakeholders on GB benefits and encourage them to adopt GB. The checklist of GB benefits also makes this paper useful for researchers to conduct future studies in this area.

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