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Title: Environmental management system vs green specifications : how do they complement each other in the construction industry?
Authors: Lam, PTI 
Chan, EHW 
Chau, CK
Poon, CS 
Chun, KP
Keywords: Environmental Management Systems
Green specifications
ISO 14000
Sustainable construction
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Academic Press
Source: Journal of environmental management, 2011, v. 92, no. 3, p. 788-795 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of environmental management 
Abstract: Environmental Management System (EMS) has been one of the important tools for sustainable construction for around two decades. However, many issues concerning sustainable development have not been properly addressed, and there is a need for the introduction of green specifications to advance green performance in construction through contract management. This paper defines green specifications, identifies the reasons for adopting green specifications and highlights the environmental issues that may not be addressed by solely adopting EMS. It also presents the results of a recent survey of practitioners concerning their opinions towards green specifications and possible impacts arising from their adoption. From the results of the survey, a framework for developing green specifications is deemed valuable for the cities striving for sustainability. Interestingly, the level of acceptable changes brought about by green specifications as perceived by different industry stakeholders is found to be unrelated to whether they were from organizations implementing EMS or not.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21855
ISSN: 0301-4797
EISSN: 1095-8630
DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.10.030
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