Exploring the influence of austerity on the sustainability performance delivered within four Spanish hospital projects

Laura Martinez Fernadez, Craig Thomson

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    The economic recession in Spain (2008-2012) has resulted in a period of unprecedented austerity as the Government attempted to align with the requirements of EC financial aid. Budgets for new hospital projects were significantly reduced and many on-going projects forced to adjust their initial proposals to fit with the new economics. As the crisis eases this research seeks to explore the impact of the economic crisis on the priority placed on sustainability in new hospital projects during this period asking whether it was 1) perceived as a luxury against other priorities and removed, 2) retained purely as a requirement (i.e. CTE-2006) or 3) embraced as a driver to reduce operational lifecycle costs and if so to what extent did this go beyond energy. Four hospitals projects located in Pamplona (Navarra) reflecting a staggered timeline in their inception (before, during and after the economic crisis) are evaluated through a triangulation of methods (checklists, project documents and interviews) and a common evaluation framework based around BREEAM and CTE. Analysis revealed that sustainable measures which were regulated by legislation and those which have been proven to achieve an economic benefit over the buildings lifecycle have been retained and implemented despite the budget cuts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management Research 33rd Annual conference
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)9780995546318
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2017


    • hospitals projects, sustainable construction, Spanish economic crisis


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