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Application of System Dynamics in Understanding the Supply Chain of Building Sector: A Case Study in China

Wu, X; Liu, P; Zimmermann, N; Papachristos, G; Lin, B; (2017) Application of System Dynamics in Understanding the Supply Chain of Building Sector: A Case Study in China. In: (Proceedings) The 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Building and Environment. : Chongqing, China. Green open access

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Abstract

: It is well known that the building sector plays an essential role in China’s total energy consumption and promoting green building could be one solution to reduce the energy consumption and overall emissions of greenhouse gases. In the whole supply chain of the building sector, there are various parties or stakeholders involved in, e.g. the developer, architect, engineers (mechanical/electrical/civil), contractor, consultants, facility company, owner etc. Thus, it becomes important to understand the relationships among these stakeholders, the mechanisms of motivations and initial barriers towards green buildings. This paper presents a case study of a building in the City of Shanghai with the highest rating in China’s green building standard. The building integrates office and lab spaces. Several stakeholders who worked on this office building project were interviewed, including staff from the developer, architect, engineer, facility manager and two users. The same set of interview questions were asked but modified according to the interviewee’s background. Then, using a system dynamics approach, a causal loop diagram was built based on interview materials using Vensim®. The results are expected to produce a holistic picture of efficiently promoting green buildings in China by listing the locations of barriers along the supply chain and possible solutions. In the future, more case studies are going to be explored and comparison with buildings in the UK will be carried out.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Application of System Dynamics in Understanding the Supply Chain of Building Sector: A Case Study in China
Event: The 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Building and Environment
Location: Chongqing, China
Dates: 04 - 07 November 2017
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.sudbeconference.com/html/Past_SuDBE/SuD...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: system dynamics, supply chain, stakeholders, green buildings
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069864
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