Doctoral Dissertations


"Sustainable construction has become increasingly more prevalent over the last decade. All federal and most state government buildings are mandated to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification (at the silver level at a minimum). Although sustainable construction is increasingly more common, there are still barriers to the successful completion of a sustainable project, specifically with regards to projects achieving LEED certification. There are still holes in the guidance on how to successfully achieve LEED certification. Even though government agencies have mandated LEED certification, the existing barriers are preventing buildings from achieving certification, which can delay the building turnover and contract closeout. This project seeks to fill the holes in current guidance for achieving LEED certification and provide a construction management process for managers to use in order to successfully complete a LEED project on time, on schedule, and with no impact to quality. This project also seeks to identify the existing barriers to sustainable construction and the construction management processes that can be implemented in order to overcome the barriers. A survey was conducted to identify which management processes were needed with regards to sustainable construction. A focus group and an industrial application were analyzed to determine if the management practices proposed in this research could overcome the barriers to sustainable construction. Based on this study, the existing barriers to sustainable construction were identified as well as management practices to overcome the barriers"--Abstract, page iii.


Grantham Lough, Katie, 1979
Murray, Susan L.

Committee Member(s)

Baur, Stuart Werner, 1965-
Corns, Steven
Raper, Stephen A.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2014


x, 166 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-165).


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Sustainable construction
Construction industry -- Management
Sustainable buildings -- United States -- Design and construction

Thesis Number

T 10539

Electronic OCLC #