Life Cycle Incremental Cost-Benefit Analysis of Green Building


Article Preview

The promotion of green building has significant contribution to the implementation of sustainable development principles. And with the enhancing awareness of environment protection, green building becomes the trend of the construction industry. While its promotion is still very difficult, the major barrier affecting the application of green strategies is the high initial cost. So the incremental costs and benefits in the life cycle of green building are identified and described by math equations in this paper. Furthermore, the evaluation indexes of incremental cost-benefit analysis, considering the social benefits and environmental benefits, are given to evaluate the economy of green project, which is of certain practical significance.



Edited by:

Dongye Sun, Wen-Pei Sung and Ran Chen




M. Chen et al., "Life Cycle Incremental Cost-Benefit Analysis of Green Building", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 71-78, pp. 4645-4651, 2011

Online since:

July 2011




[1] GREEN BUILDING 50378-2006, Green Building Evaluation Criteria, in Chinese.

[2] Nannan Wang , Yen-Chiang Chang , Chris Nunn: Building and Environment Vol. 45 (2010), pp.1415-1421.


[3] Information on http: /www. wwfchina. org.

[4] Lauren Bradley Robichaud and Vittal S. Anantatmula: JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT IN ENGINEERING (2011), pp.48-57.

[5] Xiaoling Zhang, Liyin Shen, Yuzhe Wu: Journal of Cleaner Production Vol. 19 (2011), pp.157-167.

[6] M.H. Issa, J.H. Rankin, A.J. Christian: Building and Environment Vol. 45(2010), p.1698–1711.

[7] EdwinH.W. Chan, QueenaK. Qian, PatrickT.I. Lam: Energy Policy Vol. 37 (2009) pp.3061-3070.

[8] Siqin Chen: CONSTRUCTION CONSERVES ENERGY Vol. 37 (2009), pp.53-56, in Chinese.

[9] Jianguo Chen, Xianyi Gao: Engineering calculation and Cost Management(Second Edition)(Tongji University Press, Shanghai 2007), in Chinese.

[10] William Bradshaw, Edward F. Connelly, Madeline Fraser Cook, et al: The Costs and Benefits of Green Affordable Housing, Cambridge, MA (2005).

[11] Zhang, X.L., Shen, L.Y., Wu, Y.Z., Fan, C.N.L.: International Journal of Strategic Property Management Vol. 13 (2009), pp.229-245.

[12] Ling Hou: The Research of Green Building Assessment Based on Cost Effectiveness Analysis (Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi'an 2006), in Chinese.

[13] Yinghong Shao, Yuxiang Huang, Aifang Xing: Engineering Economics(fourth Edition), (Tongji University Press, Shanghai 2009), in Chinese.