1st Edition

Rethinking Pathways to a Sustainable Built Environment

Edited By Cheng Siew Goh, Heap-Yih Chong Copyright 2025
    398 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book aims to provide insights into rethinking pathways in the transition to sustainable built environments in the wake of the pandemic and COP26. It examines our abilities and capabilities to leverage resources to the best use for achieving the universal sustainable development goals. The goal is to identify fresh thinking to make the goals of sustainable built environment more achievable, particularly to align with the national and international targets set by COP26. The book will help address the need for mainstreaming sustainability into the core of decision making of buildings and infrastructure projects throughout the life cycle from planning, to design, construction and operation. This book consolidates a comprehensive body of knowledge of sustainable development that will equip industry professionals, educators, scholars, and students with knowledge and skills to deliver sustainability practice within the built environment. Through theoretical underpinning and presentation of best practices, the book offers solutions to advance the development of sustainability practices in the context of the built environment. The book covers the following content:


    ·        Sharing of best practice and case studies

    ·        Review of Sustainability Contemporary Practices in the Built Environment

    ·        Innovative Net Zero/ Carbon neutral solutions and strategies

    ·        Sustainable building assessment and certification systems

    ·        Key Sustainability Deliverables in the Built Environment

    ·        Social Transition towards Sustainability


    The book will be of value to interested scholars and practitioners who are involved in sustainable design and engineering practice within the built environment.


    Rethinking Our Pathways Towards Sustainable Built Environment: Are We Failing?

    Cheng Siew Goh; Heap-Yih (John) Chong



    Transdisciplinary Integrated Design for Carbon Neutral High-Rise Commercial Buildings

    Man Kit Leung; Dicken Poon; Carolina Sanchez Salan


    Retrofitting Solutions Toward Net Zero Buildings

    Roberto Minunno, Matthew van Someren, Karl Welsch


    Developers’ Insights: Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Challenges and Potentials in Malaysia

    Kai Chen Goh, Md Asrul Nasid Masrom, Sulzakimin Mohamed, Ta Wee Seow, Hui Hwang Goh


    Carbon Source/Sink Scenarios in Passive Buildings

    Bao-Jie He, Xin Dong, Mingqiang Yin


    Home Retrofitting Initiatives Towards a Sustainable Built Environment in The Australian Context

    Roberto Minunno, Karla Fox-Reynolds


    Energy Efficiency Retrofitting of Existing Building Stock for Net-Zero: Sentiment Analysis of Social Media Data

    Mershack Opoku Tetteh, Amos Darko, Emmanuel B. Boateng, Albert P.C. Chan


    Sustainable Buildings Within Low Carbon Energy Systems

    David Jenkins, Peter McCallum, Kumar Biswajit Debnath


    Life Cycle Assessment in The Building and Construction Sector

    Yahong Dong


    Social Transition Towards Creating a Sustainable and Resilient Built Environment

    Thomas S.K. Tang


    Stakeholders’ transformative adaptation in sustainable design and construction

    Cen-Ying Lee, Bruno Lot Tanko, Chris Harty, Martin Skitmore


    Building Back Better: Residential Retrofit Options for Older Australians in Bushfire Prone Areas

    Alison.Wain, Saeed.Banihashemi, Sara Wilkinson, Lois Towart, Aso Harji Rasouli, Iina Lohi


    Green Finance: A Tool for Financing Green Building Projects

    Caleb Debrah, Albert P. C. Chan, Amos Darko, De-Graft Owusu-Manu, Eric Ohene


    An Evaluation of The Implementation of Sustainable Construction Practices in the UK: An Analysis of The UK Government’s Role

    Harry Deane, Serik Tokbolat


    Pathways To a Sustainable Built Environment: A Knowledge Based View from Malaysia

    John Peter Rogers


    Enhancing Sustainable Build Environments Through Ecotourism Villages in Mount Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia

    Wiratno, Benny Hutahayan, Adji Achmad Rinaldo Fernandes


    Dr Cheng Siew Goh is a professional surveyor and academic. Her subject knowledge lies in sustainability, green buildings, life cycle management, risk management, construction project management, and construction innovations. She has undertaken several individual and joint research projects to produce high quality research outputs and her works have been published in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and books. Her expertise is highly recognised where she has been invited to serve as reviewer for several peer reviewed journals and international conferences.


    Dr. Heap-Yih (John) Chong obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2011. He brings with him a sound understanding of the construction sector. He has a strong track record of coherent research outputs in the top refereed journal articles, and has successfully secured a number of competitive research grants from funding bodies in Australia, Malaysia, China, Middle East, and Japan. He has a growing profile and is actively involved in professional bodies, industry engagements and international collaboration. His research focuses on the interdisciplinary area of construction engineering and management