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Special Issue "Innovations in Construction Industry towards Sustainable Future: Implementation, Assessment and Opportunities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Building".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 July 2023 | Viewed by 1007

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College of Engineering & Science, Victoria University, Melbourne 3011, Australia
Interests: life cycle assesmsent; sustainable construction; life cycle cost analysis; green and sustainable materials; green and lean construction methods; green buildings and infrastructure; building information modelling; smart technologies use and digitization in construction; modern construction methods
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College of Engineering and Science, Institute of Sustainable and Livable Cities, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC3011, Australia
Interests: sustainability of structures; sustainable materials; green buildings and infrastructure; use of waste in construction materials; digitalization in construction; structural stability; structural mechanics; biomimicry
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Construction is one of the major industries that contribute to economic development generating significant revenues and producing significant gross domestic product (GDP) for a country. However, it differs from many industries due to its unique operation and is often criticized for heavy resource consumption and unsustainable practices. Therefore, consistent improvements and innovations are necessary to effectively promote sustainable development in the construction industry. Over the past two decades, industries and academia have instigated numerous innovative approaches to benchmark sustainable practices within the construction industry. Despite numerous strategies and processes, the industry is still struggling to effectively embrace innovations necessary to facilitate a sustainable future. Therefore, the proposed Special Issue aims to investigate drivers, impediments, opportunities, and implementation that can facilitate innovations towards a truly sustainable construction industry.

We are pleased to invite you to submit your outstanding research including reviews, designs and technical papers on the construction industry innovations contributing to a sustainable future. This Special Issue invites submissions that include, but are not limited to, the following research areas:

  • Recent advances and innovations in sustainable procurement practices in the construction industry
  • Digital and smart technology innovations in the design and construction operation of assets
  • Barriers inhibiting the implementation of innovative sustainable construction technologies
  • Innovations in training and education related to sustainability in construction
  • Innovations in sustainable decision making
  • Roles of risk, governance and policy advancements toward sustainable design and construction
  • Health, safety and wellbeing improvements in sustainable design and construction
  • Economic implications related to sustainable innovations in the construction industry
  • Construction industry advances and innovations related to the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  • Use of innovative building and construction materials to improve sustainability
  • Innovative assessment methods to capture, compare and benchmark sustainable benefits in construction projects
  • Effect of sustainable decision-making on social benefits and procurement
  • Case studies on the sustainable innovations in the construction industry
  • Drivers, future perspectives and advancements associated with innovations in sustainable design and construction

Dr. Malindu Sandanayake
Dr. Zora Vrcelj
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • construction industry
  • sustainable procurement
  • sustainable construction materials
  • sustainable planning and design
  • sustainable construction management
  • health and safety
  • economic and environmental benefits
  • smart and digital technologies
  • sustainable decision making
  • innovations
  • governance and policies

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Applications of Solar Panel Waste in Pavement Construction—An Overview
Sustainability 2022, 14(22), 14823; - 10 Nov 2022
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Waste from used solar panels will be a worldwide problem in the near future mainly due to the strong uptake in solar energy and the necessity of disposing solar panel systems at the end–of–life stage, as these materials are hazardous. While new techniques [...] Read more.
Waste from used solar panels will be a worldwide problem in the near future mainly due to the strong uptake in solar energy and the necessity of disposing solar panel systems at the end–of–life stage, as these materials are hazardous. While new techniques and strategies are often investigated to manage the end–of–life of solar panels effectively, there is huge potential in recycling and reusing solar panel waste as components for alternate products. Numerous studies have been conducted on using alternate materials instead of conventional materials in pavement construction. The current study presents a detailed review and a discussion on using solar panel waste materials in pavement construction. The findings present opportunities to use different solar panel waste materials such as glass, aluminium (Al), silicon (Si), and polymer waste as potential replacement materials in various types of pavement construction. The study also presents the current progress and future focus on experimental developments in pavements with solar panel waste to benchmark short–term and long–term characteristics. Finally, the review discusses the impediments that restrict and the drivers that can facilitate the implementation of solar panel waste in pavement construction. The main findings from this review can be used as a quantitative foundation to facilitate decisions on using different solar panel waste materials in pavement construction applications. Furthermore, such findings will also be beneficial for policymakers and industry stakeholders to implement effective supply chain strategies for promoting solar panel waste as a potential pavement construction material. Full article
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