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A framework for implementing ISO 14000 in construction

Zhi Hui Zhang (Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Li Yin Shen (Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Peter E.D. Love (School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia)
Graham Treloar (School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia)

Environmental Management and Health

ISSN: 0956-6163

Article publication date: 1 May 2000

Abstract

ISO 14000 has been developed as a new international standard series for promoting environmental protection and sustainable development. Since the introduction of ISO 14001 in September 1996 it has attracted great attention from organizations in various industries. ISO 14001 specifies the requirements and procedures for establishing an environmental management system. An increasing number of organizations from various industrial sectors have actively participated in implementing this new standard. However, very few construction companies – for example, in Australia – have actively pursued certification to this standard despite having an obligation to implement it, as the services and products they produce directly impact the environment. By reviewing the strategic issues posed by the entire family of ISO 14000 standards, this paper analyses its relevance to construction and the difficulties and problems that may be encountered in their implementation. A framework for implementing the standard in construction companies is proposed. It is suggested that the adoption of ISO 14000 by construction companies may enable them to improve their environmental performance as well as the built environment, which in turn will contribute to sustainable development.

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Hui Zhang, Z., Yin Shen, L., Love, P.E.D. and Treloar, G. (2000), "A framework for implementing ISO 14000 in construction", Environmental Management and Health, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 139-149. https://doi.org/10.1108/09566160010321541

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