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Miljöklassning inom infrastruktur och anläggningsprojekt: - en fördjupning inom CEEQUAL
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Mechanics, Byggteknik.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Environmental classification of infrastructure and construction projects : - a study of CEEQUAL (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis has evaluated environmental classifications of projects and the lessons learned to explore what the possible ramifications of implementing this in the construction and infrastructure are. Companies today are looking to develop methods to demonstrate their environmental commitments, but there is an uncertainty regarding the contribution of environmental classifications in this aspect.

The literature review presents the theory of environmental classification, which provides a general knowledge of its function. The empirical data is based on an analysis of existing classification methods and qualitative interviews. The analysis shows specific environmental classification system for the area of construction and infrastructure. CEEQUAL is currently the only environmental classification applicable to Swedish projects and therefore serves as the basis for the continued analysis. The interviews focus on the experience and perceptions of the completed and on-going CEEQUAL project and their benefits.

The analysis shows that active work on environmental issues relates to different areas and varies between a wide range of different aspects of construction and infrastructure projects. Environmental classification itself focuses on the planning and execution phase of the project and it evaluates the project’s environmental sustainability. By scoring categories of environmental commitments through documents, photos or other documentation, points are summarized to form the basis for a final grade. This final grade provides a certificate and can be used to demonstrate the project's environmental and sustainability level. Assuming that time and finances available, the system provides support for the completion of environmental projects.

The conclusion shows that the prime attribute of environmental classification is the framework for environmental work it provides within a project. The analysis shows that there is a restriction in the system's current configuration. The original purpose of environmental classification, to promote respect for the environment, has been eclipsed by its strength as a marketing tool. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 45 p.
National Category
Environmental Analysis and Construction Information Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210221ISRN: ISRN UTH-INGUTB-EX-B-2013/30-SEOAI: diva2:661697
External cooperation
Bjerking AB
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Construction Engineering
Available from: 2013-11-04 Created: 2013-11-04 Last updated: 2013-11-04Bibliographically approved

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