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Special Issue "Sustainability in Construction Engineering"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas

Institute of Sustainable Construction, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Saulėtekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Interests: civil engineering; multiple criteria decision making; decision support systems; construction engineering and management
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jonas Šaparauskas

Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Saulėtekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Interests: construction technology and organization; multiple criteria decision making; sustainable development and construction.
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jurgita Antuchevičienė

Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Saulėtekio al. 11, LT-10223 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Interests: multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM); fuzzy MCDM; decision support systems; sustainable development; construction management and investment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of sustainability expands to all areas of human activity, including construction engineering. Construction engineering is a complex discipline that involves the designing, planning, construction and management of infrastructures. The application of elements of sustainability in any construction (engineering) activity increases the overall level of construction sustainability.

Articles are welcome on this issue, where sustainable solutions in construction engineering that bring economic, social and environmental benefits are offered through a variety of methodologies and tools (e.g. information technologies, life-cycle analysis, multiple criteria decision making methods). Articles that propose new methodologies dealing with construction sustainability issues are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Edmundas Kazimieras Zavadskas
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jonas Šaparauskas
Prof. Dr. Jurgita Antuchevičienė
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Building’s site selection 
  • Building’s design
  • Building materials and structures
  • Construction economics
  • Supply chain management
  • Construction procurement
  • Contracting
  • Construction management
  • Construction processes
  • Building’s maintenance
  • Information technologies
  • Building life-cycle analysis
  • Multiple criteria decision making

Published Papers (5 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Cost Based Value Stream Mapping as a Sustainable Construction Tool for Underground Pipeline Construction Projects
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2184; doi:10.3390/su9122184
Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 22 November 2017 / Accepted: 23 November 2017 / Published: 27 November 2017
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This paper deals with application of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) as a sustainable construction tool on a real construction project of installation of underground pipelines. VSM was adapted to reduce the high percentage of non-value-added activities and time wastes during each construction stage
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This paper deals with application of Value Stream Mapping (VSM) as a sustainable construction tool on a real construction project of installation of underground pipelines. VSM was adapted to reduce the high percentage of non-value-added activities and time wastes during each construction stage and the paper searched for an effective way to consider the cost for studied construction of underground pipeline. This paper is unique in its way that it adopts cost implementation of VSM to improve the productivity in underground pipeline projects. The data was observed and collected from site during construction, indicating the cycle time, value added and non-value added of each construction stage. The current state was built based on these details. This was an eye-opening exercise and a process management tool as a trigger for improvement. After the current state assessment, a future state is attempted by Value Stream Mapping tool balancing the resources using a Line of Balance (LOB) technique. Moreover, a sustainable cost estimation model was developed during current state and future state to calculate the cost of underground pipeline construction. The result shows a cost reduction of 20.8% between current and future states. This reflects the importance of the cost based Value Stream Mapping in construction as a sustainable measurement tool. This new tool could be utilized in construction industry to add the sustainability and effective cost management. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Development of the CO2 Emission Evaluation Tool for the Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2116; doi:10.3390/su9112116
Received: 13 October 2017 / Revised: 12 November 2017 / Accepted: 15 November 2017 / Published: 17 November 2017
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With the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26.9% below business-as-usual by 2020, the construction industry is recognized as an environmentally harmful industry because of the large quantity of consumption and waste with which it is associated, and the industry has
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With the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26.9% below business-as-usual by 2020, the construction industry is recognized as an environmentally harmful industry because of the large quantity of consumption and waste with which it is associated, and the industry has therefore been requested to become more environmentally friendly. Concrete, a common construction material, is known to emit large amounts of environmentally hazardous waste during the processes related to its production, construction, maintenance, and demolition. To aid the concrete industry’s efforts to reduce its GHG emissions, this study developed a software program that can assess GHG emissions incurred over the life cycle of a concrete product, and a case study was conducted to determine the impact of the proposed concrete assessment program on a construction project. Full article
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Open AccessArticle The Impact of Aircraft Noise on Housing Prices in Poznan
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2088; doi:10.3390/su9112088
Received: 27 October 2017 / Revised: 7 November 2017 / Accepted: 10 November 2017 / Published: 13 November 2017
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In the paper, we analyzed the impact of aircraft noise on housing prices. We used a dataset containing geo-coded transactions for 1328 apartments and 438 single-family houses in the years 2010 to 2015 in Poznan. In this research, the hedonic method was used
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In the paper, we analyzed the impact of aircraft noise on housing prices. We used a dataset containing geo-coded transactions for 1328 apartments and 438 single-family houses in the years 2010 to 2015 in Poznan. In this research, the hedonic method was used in OLS (ordinary least squares), WLS (weighted least squares), SAR (spatial autoregressive model) and SEM (spatial error model) models. We found strong evidence that aircraft noise is negatively linked with housing prices, which is in line with previous studies in other parts of the world. In our research, we managed to distinguish the influence of aircraft noise on different types of housing. The noise depreciation index value we found in our study was 0.87% in the case of single-family houses, and 0.57% regarding apartments. One of the reasons for the difference in the level of impact of aircraft noise may be the fact that the buyers of apartments may be less sensitive to aircraft noise than the buyers of single-family houses. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Application of Fuzzy DEMATEL Method for Analyzing Occupational Risks on Construction Sites
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2083; doi:10.3390/su9112083
Received: 7 September 2017 / Revised: 9 November 2017 / Accepted: 9 November 2017 / Published: 13 November 2017
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The construction industry is known as a hazardous industry because of its complexity and strategic nature. Therefore, it is important to know the main causes of occupational accidents to prevent fatal occupational accidents in construction industry. At building construction sites, workers performing tasks
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The construction industry is known as a hazardous industry because of its complexity and strategic nature. Therefore, it is important to know the main causes of occupational accidents to prevent fatal occupational accidents in construction industry. At building construction sites, workers performing tasks are continuously exposed to risks, not only emerging from their own mistakes but also from the mistakes of their co-workers. A great deal of studies investigating risks and preventing occupational hazards for the construction industry has been carried out in the literature. The quantitative conventional methods mostly use either probabilistic techniques or statistics, or both, but they have limitations dealing with the ambiguity and fuzziness in information. In this study, to overcome these limitations, an applicable and improved approach, which helps construction managers to propose preventive measures for accidents on construction sites, is proposed to simplify the risk assessment. It is shown that the Fuzzy Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) method can evaluate causal factors of occupational hazards by a cause–effect diagram and improve certain safety measures on construction sites. In addition, sensitivity analysis is conducted to verify the robustness of the results. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Sustainable Construction Supply Chains through Synchronized Production Planning and Control in Engineer-to-Order Enterprises
Sustainability 2017, 9(10), 1888; doi:10.3390/su9101888
Received: 8 September 2017 / Revised: 14 October 2017 / Accepted: 18 October 2017 / Published: 20 October 2017
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Sustainability in the supply chain is becoming more and more important for industrial enterprises in different sectors. This research article focuses on construction supply chains (CSCs) in the Engineer-to-Order (ETO) industry, where every product is almost unique based on specific customer needs and
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Sustainability in the supply chain is becoming more and more important for industrial enterprises in different sectors. This research article focuses on construction supply chains (CSCs) in the Engineer-to-Order (ETO) industry, where every product is almost unique based on specific customer needs and requirements. The development of methods and approaches for more sustainable supply chain management in construction is becoming even more important. Engineering, fabrication of parts and their installation on-site are not always well synchronized in ETO supply chains. The results of such supply chains are long lead times, inefficient material transport and high and uncontrolled levels of work-in-progress (WIP). This article describes a conceptual approach to synchronize demand on-site with supply in manufacturing using the CONstant Work In Progress (ConWIP) concept from Lean Management to achieve Just-in-Time (JIT) supply. As a result, sustainable supply chains in ETO enterprises, with optimizations from an economic, ecological and social point of view, can be designed. The approach has been validated in an industrial case study. Full article
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