Assessing the Barriers to More Sustainable Construction
A Survey of Building Codes and Regulations
The survey has ended.
We will be posting the preliminary analysis of the results here soon.
Background information about the survey follows below.
In response to the growing shift toward sustainable building design and
construction, the Development Center for Appropriate Technology, a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization, has created a program called "Building Sustainability
into the Codes." This program addresses the need to create a more
sustainable context for building regulation to facilitate the shift to
more sustainable practices, through education and training for building
officials, as well as all others involved in the building industry.
As part of this effort, DCAT convened a working group of building and design
professionals to develop a survey to identify specific areas in building
regulations that pose challenges to best sustainable practices.
The results from this survey will be compiled and analyzed to develop
a prioritized set of strategies to address the challenges identified by
those who respond to the survey questions. We are interested in exploring
potential partnerships in all aspects of this process to leverage the effectiveness
of this effort. This includes both the short term goals of maximizing the
distribution and response to the survey, and the longer term goals of evaluating
and reporting the results and formulating strategies to best address the
identified challenges. If you or your organization are interested in working
with us on this effort, we invite you to contact DCAT
and tell us how you would like to be involved.
Funding and Support
This research is sposored by the Development Center for Appropriate Technology
(DCAT), with partial funding from the Merck Family Fund. Although we have
had generous funding from Merck for developing this project, the survey
itself and associated costs with its development, compilation, analysis,
and follow-up are not fully funded by this support. We are seeking
additional support from a variety of sources, including the green building,
design, engineering, development, and related communities in order to maximize
the accuracy, integrity, and effectiveness of this overall effort.
If the results of this survey and the potential outcomes resulting from
the effort to address the challenges it identifies will be of benefit to
you, your organization, profession, or industry, please consider helping
support this effort financially. Donations to DCAT for this purpose
DCAT's program, "Building Sustainability into the Codes," is supported
by grants from the Wallace Global Fund, the Turner Foundation, and the
Compton Foundation, and by many individual contributions.
To find out more information about DCAT, please return to our main website.
David Eisenberg, Loretta
Ishida, and Tony Novelli (DCAT Webmaster)
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