The continuous attention by the media, politicians and the public on issues such as climate change, resource efficiency and energy efficiency show that sustainability has become a broad societal con-cern. Nowadays, anyone involved with the construction industry will have been confronted in one way or another with the concept of sustainability. Subsequently, growing attention has placed a greater pressure on construction companies to manage and communicate the sustainability perfor-mance of their products, services and processes. While many definitions, tools and approaches exist, the concept of sustainability still remains elusive to many as these give little indication of how to apply the principles of sustainability in practice. It is becoming increasingly complex for metal façade builders to assess, manage and communicate the sustainability of their products, services and processes. Moreover, it is becoming more and more unclear for these companies what their specific influence and impact is on the sustainability of build-ings as a whole. Subsequently, the metal façade builders that view sustainability as an opportunity are challenged with determining how the sustainability performance of their products, service and processes contribute to the economic performance of their company. This study has been commissioned by the VMRG, a trade association for the metal façade industry. The objective of this study is to give metal façade builders insight into the sustainability performance of their products and services, and how this performance might contribute to the economic perfor-mance of their company. The results show that in order to achieve the objective it is important for metal façade builders to gain an understanding of their position in the construction process, their relationship with clients and other stakeholders, relevant decision making and the implications of contracting. Moreover, metal façade builders need to gain insight into the aspects which determine the sustainability performance of their products and services in sustainable building systems and life cycle assessments, and the context in which these are determined during the construction process. Lastly, metal façade builders have to understand the concept of developing sustainable business cases and business models, as a way to determine whether the sustainability of their products, services or processes contributes to the economic performance of their company. Based on the results and preconditions, a tool has been developed. The objective of the tool is to support metal façade builders in gaining insight into the sustainability performance of their products, services and processes, and how this performance might contribute to the economic performance of their company. The tool consists of a number of iterative phases; Prepare, Understand, Develop business cases, Design business model, implement and manage. The tool can be used both individu-ally or in teams, as well as short and limited as long and extensive. With the tool metal façade builders are able to determine whether they can influence certain sustain-ability aspect, or if their partners influence these aspects for them. Subsequently, metal façade builders can developed business cases, using the described sustainable value levers, in which they able to calculate or at least argue the possible contribution of the sustainability performance of their products, services and processes, to the economic performance of their company. Finally, metal façade builders will be able to select one or several business cases and (re)design their business model in such a way as to make sure these are reproduced on a regular basis.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||15 Sep 2015|
|Place of Publication||Eindhoven|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|