Advances in Sustainable Construction

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Construction Management, and Computers & Digitization".

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Associate Professor, Department of Quantity Surveying, School of Management Science and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
Interests: optimization of construction site layout; construction scheduling on site; GHG emission in construction; community vulnerability

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Associate Professor, Department of Construction Management, School of Management Science and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
Interests: energy contract management; construction quality insurance; GHG emission in construction

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Associate Professor, Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: building energy efficiency; housing energy renovation; behavioral change; supply chain integration for prefabrication; process & social innovation; transaction costs; market barriers; energy transition
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Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: energy; homeowner; energy efficiency; transaction cost; dwelling; residential building; energy saving; retrofitting; urban renewal
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The construction industry in the twenty-first century is facing numerous global challenges as environmental concerns grow. Therefore, it is transitioning to use of cleaner construction technologies and methods through the deployment of innovations that minimize the use of resources and anthropogenic pollutants. This Special Issue will provide an overview of existing knowledge related to various aspects of advances and research trends in sustainable construction.

Original research, both theoretical and experimental, case studies, and comprehensive review papers are invited for possible publication in this Special Issue. Relevant topics for this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following subjects:

  1. Modern methods of construction, including prefabrication, off-site construction, modular construction, etc.
  2. Technology innovation to improve construction performance, including prefabrication technology, robotic technology, etc.
  3. Monitoring of construction processes for sustainable management.
  4. Decision optimization in sustainable construction projects.
  5. Clean production in the construction sector.
  6. Greenhouse gas emission calculation methods for construction projects.
  7. Quantitative assessment of greenhouse gas emissions in buildings
  8. Quantification of greenhouse gas emissions of construction equipment on-site and off-site.
  9. Uncertainty analysis for measuring greenhouse gas emissions.
  10. Management in the treatment of construction and demolition waste.
  11. Measures of dynamic properties of infrastructures and urban construction.
  12. Resilient cities and sustainable urban.

Dr. Yan Fu
Dr. Pengpeng Xu
Dr. Queena K. Qian
Prof. Dr. Henk Visscher
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • prefabricated construction
  • modular construction
  • off-site construction
  • carbon emission
  • greenhouse gas emission
  • construction waste
  • demolition waste
  • sustainable urban
  • resilient cities

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Key Portfolio Selection Criteria for Sustainable Construction
by Taha Anjamrooz, Sameh M. El-Sayegh and Lotfi Romdhane
Buildings 2024, 14(6), 1777; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14061777 - 12 Jun 2024
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Selecting the best projects and programs is of paramount importance to the success of organizations in the construction industry for the employer, clients, and developers. The existing selection criteria in the literature are tailored toward traditional construction projects. However, with the current move [...] Read more.
Selecting the best projects and programs is of paramount importance to the success of organizations in the construction industry for the employer, clients, and developers. The existing selection criteria in the literature are tailored toward traditional construction projects. However, with the current move toward sustainable construction, there is a need to incorporate sustainability-specific criteria in the process portfolio selection. This study aims to identify and evaluate the sustainability-specific project selection criteria for construction organizations from the client’s perspective; this research topic is significant because developers/clients do not always consider sustainability criteria when selecting their portfolio of projects. The research methodology of this study consists of a literature review, identifying the sustainability criteria into an integrated list, and a survey to weight and rank the criteria. Sixteen criteria were identified through an extensive review of the related literature. These criteria were categorized based on three sustainability pillars: environmental, social, and economic. The environmental pillar includes six selection criteria, which are energy use, material use, water use, land use, pollution, and waste management. The social pillar consists of five selection criteria, which include health and safety, employee training and education, improvement in infrastructure, relation with local communities, and alternative transportation. The economic pillar consists of five selection criteria, which include life cycle cost, contribution to GDP, employment creation, innovation and technology, and use of national suppliers. A survey was developed and circulated to specialists in the construction industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The weights for the sustainability selection criteria were assessed by using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) method. The results show that the environmental group is the most important group among the pillars of sustainability, with a weight of 0.520, compared with the social and the economic pillars, which had weights of 0.214 and 0.266, respectively. Full article
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Pricing and Coordinating the Lease-Oriented Closed-Loop Supply Chain for Construction Machinery in the Era of Carbon Tax
by Jing Yin, Yifan Fang, Hengxi Zhang, Tingting Wang and Shunyao Cai
Buildings 2023, 13(9), 2145; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings13092145 - 24 Aug 2023
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Promoting sustainable production and consumption practices in the construction machinery industry is crucial for achieving energy savings and reducing carbon emissions. However, there is a lack of targeted studies addressing the challenge of scaling up leasing and recycling while maximizing economic benefits for [...] Read more.
Promoting sustainable production and consumption practices in the construction machinery industry is crucial for achieving energy savings and reducing carbon emissions. However, there is a lack of targeted studies addressing the challenge of scaling up leasing and recycling while maximizing economic benefits for enterprises. To fill this gap, this paper presents a lease-oriented closed-loop supply chain model that incorporates a carbon tax policy to investigate the impact of the carbon tax rate and consumer preferences for remanufactured products on the supply chain and introduces a leasing compensation–cost apportioning combined contract to achieve supply chain coordination in the construction machinery sector. The model considers differential selling and leasing prices for new and remanufactured products, as well as the recovery rate, under both centralized and decentralized decision-making approaches. The study explores the interrelationships between various parameters through sensitivity analysis and numerical simulation. The results demonstrate that within a certain range of the cost apportioning proportional coefficient and leasing compensation proportional coefficient, the combined contract can lead the supply chain to achieve Pareto optimality. As the carbon tax rate increases, it was observed that the profits for all parties in the supply chain tend to decrease. However, due to the increased demand for remanufactured products, the product recovery rate improves, resulting in a reduction in total carbon emissions in the closed-loop supply chain of construction machinery. Moreover, the profits of all parties and the total supply chain profits initially decrease and then increase with an increasing preference coefficient for remanufactured products among consumers. By leveraging these factors and adopting effective strategies, such as enhancing consumer recognition of remanufactured products and optimizing pricing and cost allocation, it is indeed possible for the profits of all parties and the total profits in the supply chain to surpass the initial values, even in the face of increasing carbon tax rates. This demonstrates the potential for aligning sustainability objectives with economic benefits in the construction machinery industry. Full article
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