Construction Innovation

Sami Kärnä, Veli-Matti Sorvala, Juha-Matti Junnonen, Göran Lindahl, Nina Ryd, Paulette R Hebert, Sylvia Chaney, D. Leifer, Robin Holt, David Rowe, Derek H.T. Walker, Michael Keniger, Petri Kajonius, Mei‐yung Leung, Anita M.M. Liu, S. Thomas Ng, Khaled Al-Reshaid, Nabil Kartam, Narendra Tewari, Haya Al-BaderManowong E., Ogunlana S.O., Ahmad Anuar Othman, Johan Victor Torrance, Munshi Ab. Hamid, Kristian Widén, Shamas-ur-Rehman Toor, Stephen O. Ogunlana, Sami Kärnä, Juha-Matti Junnonen, Veli-Matti Sorvala, George Halkos, Dimitrios Bousinakis, Chinny Nzekwe-Excel

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Purpose – This study aims to focus on the use of a survey questionnaire to inform a sustainable lighting design modification of an existing university library on the campus of a large land-grant university in the Mid-Western USA and also aims to suggest that a similar methodology may be useful in other facilities' design applications. Design/methodology/approach – A 40-item questionnaire was developed, which sought to evaluate the effect of the existing lighting design on end-users' perceptions and opinions at the university library and to gather general opinions regarding sustainability from library end-users. The self-administered survey asked respondents how much they agreed or disagreed (on a five-point, Likert-type scale) with a set of statements about sustainability, their use of the library, and their understanding of and reaction to its existing illumination. Findings – A total of 183 respondents completed and returned questionnaires, the majority of whom indicated that they were undergraduate students enrolled at the university. The survey results indicate that the respondents were aware of sustainability and sustainable lighting; that they were dissatisfied with the library's existing lighting; and that they suggested that these issues be addressed by the university to reduce the library's environmental footprint. Research limitations/implications – The study fills a gap in the literature since it documents the application of citizen participation theory to solicit input from stakeholders in an institutional setting to influence facility design. However, the research is limited by the fact that the sample comprised mostly of female undergraduate students. Originality/value – End-users influenced the design development of a university library's lighting renovation. This renovation is ultimately anticipated to lower the energy consumed to illuminate the facility, to increase the end-users' perceptions of the facility's sustainability, to meet new university guidelines, and to reduce the facility's environmental impact. There are potential applications for the procedures described herein for other facilities in the integration of stakeholders in renovation projects. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Facilities is the property of Emerald Group Publishing Limited and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)0969-9988
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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NameEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management


  • Citizen participation
  • Construction industry
  • Design and development
  • Evaluation
  • Industrial management
  • Leadership
  • Project management
  • Pu
  • Public policy
  • Public sector
  • TQM
  • United Kingdom
  • client
  • construction industry
  • customer relations
  • customer satisfaction
  • customer services quality
  • factor analysis
  • greece
  • job satisfaction
  • leadership
  • library buildings
  • library facilities
  • lighting
  • paper type research paper
  • participant
  • performance measures
  • productivity rate
  • project teams
  • public sector
  • satisfaction assessment
  • stakeholders
  • stress
  • survey
  • sustainability
  • team working
  • tqm
  • united kingdom


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