ZEB Project Report 19-2014 is now available online!
In the present report, we challenge existing boundaries drawn around economic calculations (with all their consequences) in a less dramatic and more sociological way: we highlight an approach that directly addresses the very activities around which the boundaries are drawn. Together with the authors quoted below, we claim that the tools, rules, and arguments used to draw boundaries are interesting in their own right. Economic calculations will always include and exclude certain factors, but how these inclusions and exclusions are determined in architects', consulting engineers' and researchers' offices or on the construction site is crucial when it comes to the feasibility of constructing buildings with high environmental ambitions. Therefore, we want to direct the reader’s attention to how decisions about inclusions and exclusions used in calculations are made and in so doing lay the groundwork for performing calculations that are more accurate because they are better informed by both their genesis and consequences.