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Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Architecture engineering, Construction engineering, Environmental and geological engineering

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Successfully submitted for assessment on the program of study leading to the award of Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.


Sustainable development has increased significantly over the last 10 years. Construction firms are adopting sustainable practices that come from both, internal and external drivers of the construction industry. In order to assess how sustainable a building is, a green building rating systems have been developed to provide a documented and systematic approach to sustainable construction practices. Amongst these rating systems are the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methods (BREEAM) introduced in the UK and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) created in the USA. It has been noted that the project manager will have an important role to play when implementing green assessment requirements due to his/her significant involvement in project procurement. This research aims to identify the evolving role of project manager and to obtain an understanding of how the project manager deals with current green certifications systems. In order to achieve the main purpose of this study, literature review and qualitative methods were used to provide findings of the research. Data was collected from eight industry professionals in the field of BREEAM and LEED. Members of the industry highlighted the practical challenges faced while carrying out green building assessment and presented suggestions on how to improve the management process on green projects. The analysis has developed a recognition of four main reoccurring themes in carrying out green building assessment. They include the importance of early introduction of BREEAM and LEED in the procurement process; the need for project participants to fully understand the assessment process; the need for training on how to deliver sustainable indicators; and the submittal of right information to green building governing bodies. Finally, the research concludes with recommendations on how management can be improved on green building rating systems. These recommendations include the development of systematic procedures that can reduce contractual risks and improve efficiency on future projects.