A study on the triple bottom line concept applied to sustainable construction through the methodology of systematic literature review





Sustainable construction, Sustainability, Triple bottom line


The concerns about construction sustainability, as seen by the Triple bottom line (TBL) framework, appeared in the 90's, as defined by Elkington. This concept aimed to provide a balance between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions. In order to consolidate the framework, it is important to identify the concepts related to sustainability that are being used in the context of sustainable construction. This paper performed a systematic review on the TBL concept applied to sustainable construction, from 2010 to 2021, in the following databases: Scielo, Scopus, and Science direct. Initially, 739 papers were found; 169 made it through the primary screening and 33 were selected after reading the abstracts and removing duplicates. An increase in TBL-related research was observed in the last 10 years, specifically in the field of sustainability of buildings. Likewise, new concepts have been incorporated, such as circular economy, which may result in new ways to support sustainable development. Many of the papers demonstrated the absence of a holistic view of evaluation.


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Author Biographies

Jeanni Alves Nunes Monteiro, Univeridade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Seropédica, RJ, Brasil

Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the Federal University of Pará (2002). Specialization in Landscaping from the Federal University of Lavras and Specialization in Environmental Management from the State University of Amazonas. Is currently an architect at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Amazonas (IFAM). Has experience in higher education and vocational training; she has extensive experience in Architecture and Urbanism, with an emphasis on Building Design, Landscaping and Project Management. Is studying for a master's degree in Management and Strategy, with the sustainability research line, at UFRRJ, developing research in the area of sustainable construction under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Roberta Dalvo

Roberta Dalvo Pereira da Conceição, Univeridade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Seropédica, RJ, Brasil

PhD in Science and Technology of Polymers from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2012), Master in Management and Strategy (MPGE/UFRRJ) (2006) and Graduated in Business Administration from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (2002) e. Is currently a researcher at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, subject coordinator – Cederj, professor at the Celso Suckow da Fonseca Federal Center for Technological Education and permanent professor at the Professional Masters in Management and Strategy (MPGE / UFRRJ). Has experience in the area of Administration, with an emphasis on Administration, working mainly on the following topics: tourism, management, management, recycling and reverse logistics.


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Alves Nunes Monteiro, J. ., & Dalvo Pereira da Conceição, R. (2022). A study on the triple bottom line concept applied to sustainable construction through the methodology of systematic literature review . Ciência E Natura, 44, e30. https://doi.org/10.5902/2179460X68455 (Original work published June 29, 2022)