Promotie ir. B.A.G. Bossink

Duurzaam bouwen in interactie: Doelontwikkeling in de woningbouw

Promotoren: prof.ir. H. van Tongeren & prof.dr.ir. O.A.M. Fisscher

This study describes and analyzes interaction patterns in the process of residential  building. The aim of the research is to formulate recommendations for the Dutch Government to improve its 'Sustainable Construction (suco)' policy. The research is designed in accordance with the 'grounded theory' methodology and therefore has the following phases: 'explore-specify-reduce-integrate' (Chapter 2 Research design). In the exploration phase, a wide range of concepts and relationships are gathered. In the specification phase, specifications are given for these concepts and relationships. In the reduction phase, relevant concepts and relationships are separated from less relevant ones. Finally, in the integration phase, key concepts and relationships are integrated into a coherent theoretical framework. Exploration phase: the first phase of the research consisted of interviews with representatives of organizations working in the construction industry. The key question they were asked was which problems they experience during the introduction and implementation of SuCo in the building process. The next step consisted of a literature survey to produce an inventory of recent SuCo policy initiatives taken by the Dutch government and to produce an inventory of SuCo initiatives that are taken by universities, research institutes and commercial organizations. Specification phase and reduction phase: In another literature survey theoretical concepts were selected with which the interaction patterns in the building process could be described. Simultaneously, a three-year case study was conducted to observe the interaction patterns in the actual practice. Integration phase: Finally, the usefulness and explanatory power of the theoretical framework thus developed was evaluated by means of research in five comparable cases.