Application of system dynamics for assessment of sustainable performance of construction projects

L. Y. Shen, Y. Z. Wu, Hon Wan Edwin Chan, J. L. Hao

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Sustainable performance is expected to become a major factor when examining the feasibility of a construction project in terms of its life cycle performance. The study on which this paper is based developed a simulation model, using system dynamics methodology, to assess the sustainable performance of projects. Three major factors are used to examine project sustainable performance (PSP): the sustainability of economic development (E), the sustainability of social development (S), and the sustainability of environmental development (En). Sustainable development ability (SDA) was used as a prototype to evaluate the degree of sustainable performance. The simulation software ithink was used to help with the application of the model to a real life case. This paper explains and demonstrates the procedures used to develop the model and finally offers an approach for assessing the feasibility of a construction project in terms of its sustainable performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-349
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Zhejiang University: Science
Volume6 A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005


  • Construction project
  • Project life cycle
  • Project sustainable performance (PSP)
  • Simulation
  • Sustainable development ability (SDA)
  • System dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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