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Identify key indicators of sustainable building materials

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Abstract: The research on sustainable building materials is increasing with its environmental, social and economic benefits. This study identified key indicators to measure sustainable building materials. The design of this study is a survey, which relies on a questionnaire with five point Likert scale to generate analytical data. To this end, 25 indicators from the three dimensions (environment, society and economy) identified in the literature were submitted to the respondents in a structured questionnaire, and the responses were collected and analyzed by SPSS. The study identified three key environmental indicators to measure sustainable building materials: human toxicity, climate change and solid waste. In addition, adapability, thermal comfort, local resources, and housing for all were identified as the four key social indicators for sustainable construction materials. In addition, maintenance cost, operational cost, initial cost, long-term savings, and life span were found to be the five key economic indicators for measuring sustainable construction materials. The study therefore suggests that these twelve indicators should be considered in future studies that seek to measure sustainable construction materials.

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