An assessment of attitudes of environmentally sustainable options (ESOS) available to occupants of office space in Sydney's high-rise buildings

Publisher:
CIB Rotterdam
Publication Type:
Conference
Citation:
Scalise P 2002, 'An assessment of attitudes of environmentally sustainable options (ESOS) available to occupants of office space in Sydney's high-rise buildings', CIB, http://buildnet.csir.co.za/cdcproc/3rd_proceedings.html, pp. NA-NA.
Issue Date:
2002
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More than half of building energy consumption in the industrialised world is used for cooling, heating and lighting. In Australia, 86 per cent of total commercial building energy use is in these three areas. The purpose of this paper is to investigate, examine and assess how tenants attitudes impact on various factors of energy efficiency in high-rise commercial buildings. A structured questionnaire was sent to sixty randomly selected Organisations occupying office space in high-rise commercial buildings in Sydney Central Business District Area. This questionnaire was augmented with formal interviews. Twenty-five responses were received and of these, twenty were analysed. The results obtained indicated the strengths of the identified factors. The results obtained from the survey show that tenants restrain the acceptance of environmental issues and implementation of ESOs in high-rise commercial buildings in Sydney, Australia by demonstrating a confusing array of conflicting options, attitudes and obligations in respect to the environmental impacts of the buildings they occupy. The paper concludes with various recommendations to assist commercial building tenants that will also serve as lessons to be learnt for developing countries.
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