Green buildings: An asset manager's dream or nightmare?

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Too, L. (2009). Green buildings: An asset manager's dream or nightmare? Proceedings of the third world congress on engineering asset management and intelligent maintenance systems (WCEAM-IMS 2008), Beijing, China.

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The mounting evidence on climate change has thrust the sustainability issue to the forefront of many political agendas. Current research has provided many business cases for sustainable design and construction. While commercial green buildings have been the mainstay, the green phenomenon has also spread to educational facilities. This paper provides a case study of the new Mirvac School of Sustainable Development Building at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia. With its extensive green features, it is applying to be the first six-star rated green educational building in Australia. To this end, the management of green buildings will be a challenge for asset managers. In particular, this paper focuses on the challenge of harmonising the social-environmental goal of sustainability and recommends a strategy for gaining occupant support and acceptance of green facilities.

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