Managing Sustainability through Risk Characterization in the Built Environment

By Juan Bautista Echeverria, Roberto-Alonso Gonzalez-Lezcano, Maria Concepcion Perez and Marta Benito.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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The built environment represents a real challenge when facing sustainability, not only because of its contribution to the problem, but also because of its complexity. A fragmented process, in which different stakeholders come into play, creates an open gate for responsibility dilution. Effectively managing the problem means using transversal flexible tools that are able to quantify harms, benefits, and costs. Risk science has traditionally been used to quantify uncertain expected losses in several modern activities, including insurance, armies, politics, and nuclear facilities management to find levels of acceptance and ways for compensation. This arises as an interesting overall frame to manage a problem that includes such common ingredients.

Keywords: Sustainability, Losses, Risk, Acceptability, Characterization

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.107-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 303.726KB).

Juan Bautista Echeverria

Teacher, Installations and Energy Department, School of Architecture, Universidad SAN PABLO-CEU, Madrid, Spain

Juan Bautista Echeverria graduated with a degree in architecture from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (SPAIN). He holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University (USA), a PhD in Architecture from Universidad de Navarra (SPAIN) and Graduate Certificate in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA). He teaches at Universidad San Pablo-CEU and at Universidad de Navarra; he has taught courses at several universities and institutions. He has developed his work as an architect since 1988 and has collaborated with many institutions within the Architects’ organizations in Spain (CSCAE, COAVN, COAM...). His field of interest is the development of building codes and its relation to performance-based design concepts, risk, energy and sustainability.

Dr. Roberto-Alonso Gonzalez-Lezcano

Teacher, Universidad SAN PABLO-CEU, Madrid, Spain

Roberto Alonso Gonzalez graduated with a degree in engineering with many post-graduate studies, including Industrial Process Engineering. He obtained a PhD in engineering at Universidad San Pablo-CEU. After teaching continuous media mechanics at Universidad Carlos III, he has been teaching building installation design since 2005 at the polytechnic school of Universidad San Pablo-CEU. He has taught in many institutions and universities, and his work is related to energy and sustainability.

Maria Concepcion Perez

Teacher, Universidad SAN PABLO-CEU, Madrid, Spain

Maria Concepcion Perez graduated with a degree in architecture from Escuela Politécnica de Arquitectura de Madrid in 1998. She holds a PhD “cum Laudem.” Her thesis was titled “Evolution of the Towers Structural type in Spain” (2010). Maria Concepcion Perez has had a teaching career in architecture since 1996 with collaboration scholarships in Structural Systems. Since the academic year 1999-2000, she has been a professor in the area of Structural Analysis at the Technology College of the CEU San Pablo University in Madrid. Since the 2010–2011 academic year, she has been connected with the ESP CEU Sustainability Laboratory in the area of building structures. She is also a building structure consultant and currently holds the post of Academic Secretary at the Technical College of the CEU San Pablo University of Madrid.

Marta Benito

Ph D Student, Universidad SAN PABLO-CEU, Madrid, Spain

Marta Benito graduated with a degree in architecture from the polytechnic school at Universidad San Pablo-CEU. She holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainability and is currently a PhD student.