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On the potential of voluntary environmental programmes for the built environment: a critical analysis of LEED

Van der Heijden, Jeroen

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Voluntary environmental programmes (VEPs) are increasingly gaining traction as a means of improving the environmental performance of buildings and their occupants. These programmes are of interest because they incentivise developers, property owners and occupants to improve such performance voluntarily beyond what is required by governmental construction regulation. This article questions whether such programmes have the potential to affect the environmental and resource sustainability of the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorVan der Heijden, Jeroen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:33:04Z
dc.identifier.issn1566-4910
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/69126
dc.description.abstractVoluntary environmental programmes (VEPs) are increasingly gaining traction as a means of improving the environmental performance of buildings and their occupants. These programmes are of interest because they incentivise developers, property owners and occupants to improve such performance voluntarily beyond what is required by governmental construction regulation. This article questions whether such programmes have the potential to affect the environmental and resource sustainability of the built environment to a significant extent. It first briefly reviews the extant literature on voluntary programmes as developed in policy sciences and governance studies. It then studies the performance of a leading, often lauded, VEP in the built environment: LEED. In spite of LEED’s impressive performance in absolute terms, this article concludes that LEED is a relatively poor performing VEP. This raises considerable questions about the potential of VEPs to improve sustainability in the built environment more generally.
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishers
dc.rightshttp://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1566-4910/..."author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)" from SHERPA/RoMEO site (as at 10/01/17). The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10901-014-9428-z
dc.sourceJournal of Housing and the Built Environment
dc.titleOn the potential of voluntary environmental programmes for the built environment: a critical analysis of LEED
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor160500 - POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB1928
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.contributor.affiliationVan der Heijden, Jeroen, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage15
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s10901-014-9428-z
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T11:24:33Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84914159638
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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