Special Issue "Management Strategies and Innovations for Sustainable Construction"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2017
Prof. Dr. Bon-Gang Hwang
Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 4 Architecture Drive, Singapore 117566, Singapore
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Interests: sustainable construction management; project performance assessment and improvement; project productivity innovation and improvement; project risk management and decision making
Along with a growing acknowledgement of sustainability among the global construction community, sustainable construction has achieved rapid growth over recent years. However, despite its prosperity, the sustainable construction sector is confronting various challenges and problems, particularly those from the perspective of management. Current literature shows that 30% of sustainable construction projects experience rework; 50% of sustainable construction projects are plagued by delay; and 90% of sustainable construction projects require cost premiums up to 21% to ensure their completion. In addition, existing research also show that sustainable construction projects are facing risks at a greater magnitude than conventional construction projects, and that sustainable construction projects have posed a greater safety hazard to frontline workers than conventional ones have. These sad facts are sending a strong signal to the authorities, industry and academia that, careful, close, and particular attention should now be devoted to management challenges and issues of sustainable construction projects. The purpose of this Special Issue of Sustainability is to solicit original theoretical, methodological, and empirical research papers relating to “Management Strategies and Innovations for Sustainable Construction”. Review and opinion papers that summarize the state-of-the-art, research gaps and the further directions of the topic are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Bon-Gang Hwang
Dr. Ming Shan
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Construction Management
- Sustainable Construction Economics
- Sustainable Policy and Legislation
- Ethics in Sustainable Construction
- Environmental Impacts of Sustainable Construction
- Green Building Project Management
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: Mariia Rochikashvili and Jan C. Bongaerts
Abstract: Interior wall paints and coatings may evaporate hazardous emissions such as volatile organic compound and formaldehyde. In fact, formaldehydes and volatile organic compounds are
listed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as well-known human carcinogens [1,2]. Hence, for paint products, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) contain toxicological and environmental information as well as advice on safe handling practices. In this regard, paint manufacturers have an obligation to supply the MSDSs to professional users but not to end-users . However, end-users may be at risk as they have to request MSDSs at their local building supplies store or read MSDSs online prior to a purchase of any paint product. Furthermore, an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) describes effects of construction products on the environment and human health. An EPD is a certificate for a construction product which is based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of this product. As this research shows, only a limited number of German paint manufacturers provide EPDs with their products. Finding a solution to point the end-users’ awareness towards hazardous emissions, as mentioned above, is not an easy task.
Keywords: sustainability; Material Safety Data Sheets; Life Cycle Assessment; Environmental Product Declaration; qualitative study; interior paints; expert users