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Towards Sustainable Construction: Best Practices

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (16 May 2024) | Viewed by 3350

Special Issue Editors

School of Design and the Built Environment, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra, Canberra 2913, Australia
Interests: sustainable construction; construction project management; digital construction

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Department of Architecture, Engineering Faculty, Udayana University, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Interests: socio-cultural ecotechnology in architecture; sustainability; green architecture; vernacular architecture

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School of Urban Economics and Management, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Beijing 102616, China
Interests: construction project management; intelligent construction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well known that how to achieve sustainable development goals has become a serious challenge globally, particularly for the building and construction industries. Construction activities produce large quantities of waste and emissions and have negative impacts on natural habitats and the natural behaviour of wildlife. However, it is insufficient to focus just on environmental sustainability; instead, a holistic approach should be pursued that covers all three components of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Particularly, the building and construction sectors are experiencing a variety of challenges, such as ethical and social constraints, a shortage of skilled labours, a low level of technology innovation, and a low-profit margin. Previous researchers, practitioners, and governments have been developing and implementing many approaches, methods, techniques, technologies, equipment, materials, legislations, policies, measurements, assessments, and other innovations to address these challenges aiming to promote sustainable development in the sectors. Investigating, benchmarking, and promoting these studies and practices could enhance sustainability in the building and construction industries globally.

This Special Issue aims to seek case studies and best practices that improve sustainability in the building and construction sectors, enterprises, and/or projects, e.g., environmental protection, social progress, and/or economic development. The editing team invites researchers, practitioners, professionals, and policymakers to showcase their thoughts, applications, studies, developments, innovations, findings, experiences, recommendations, and other issues. Accordingly, the topic of this issue is “Towards sustainable construction: Best practices”, which may consist of (but is not limited to) the following subtopics in the building and construction domains:

  • Sustainable development conceptions and objectives in the sector
  • Environmental constraints and protection
  • Social constraints and responsibilities
  • Trade-offs of profitability and sustainability
  • Laws, standards, and policies
  • Construction education for sustainability
  • Monitoring techniques and evaluation systems
  • Sustainable construction industry management
  • Sustainable construction enterprises management
  • Sustainable construction project management
  • Green construction certification and code
  • Green construction methods and techniques
  • Sustainable procurement and supply chain
  • Energy-efficient construction equipment
  • Digital technologies and software for sustainable construction
  • Sustainable construction performance measurement
  • Assess carbon footprint and reduction
  • Practices of protecting natural habitats and biodiversity
  • Environmental health and safety practices
  • Other related topics

We look forward to receiving your contributions. 

Dr. Xiancun Hu
Dr. I. Dewa Gede Agung Diasana Putra
Prof. Dr. Chengshuang Sun
Guest Editors

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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 2400 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.

Keywords

  • sustainable buildings
  • sustainable construction
  • sustainable construction management, case studies
  • best practices
  • education

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Chinchero as Tourism Hub and Green Corridor as a Social Integrator in Cusco Peru 2023
by Doris Esenarro, Alejandro Cho, Nalia Vargas, Oscar Calderon and Vanessa Raymundo
Sustainability 2024, 16(7), 3068; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16073068 - 7 Apr 2024
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This research focuses on the proposal of a corridor design that allows social and ecological integration in the context of a city with emerging potential as a tourist destination in Chinchero, Cusco. Key challenges addressed include lack of infrastructure to manage growing tourism [...] Read more.
This research focuses on the proposal of a corridor design that allows social and ecological integration in the context of a city with emerging potential as a tourist destination in Chinchero, Cusco. Key challenges addressed include lack of infrastructure to manage growing tourism demand, fragmentation of social identity, displacement of the local population due to gentrification processes, uncontrolled urban sprawl, and inappropriate exploitation of natural, cultural, and agricultural lands. To address these issues, a comprehensive diagnosis was carried out covering various urban-environmental dimensions, such as topography, road infrastructure, archeology, climate, and biodiversity. In this process, digital tools such as Blender, AutoCAD, Photoshop, and Affinity Designer were used. As a result of the analysis, an urban green corridor is proposed consisting of seven sectors covering the shores of the Piuray lagoon, the city center, and its archeological area, through the creation of socially active public spaces equipped with cultural, sports, and recreational facilities. The city of Chinchero, with its growing importance as a tourist destination, presents the opportunity and the need to develop a controlled urban development axis that promotes the connection between environmental, cultural, archeological, social, and tourism aspects. This objective is materialized in the form of a green corridor that seeks to promote social integration and a sense of territorial belonging. Full article
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Framework for Evaluating the BIM Application Performance: A Case Study of a Grid Information Modeling System
by Jingguo Rong, Lizhong Qi, Hongbo Wu, Ming Zhang and Xiancun Hu
Sustainability 2023, 15(15), 11658; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151511658 - 28 Jul 2023
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BIM has played an important role in promoting sustainable development in the construction industry. The lack of an effective system for evaluating BIM application performance has become a major obstacle to BIM application. Therefore, this study develops an indicator evaluation framework that includes [...] Read more.
BIM has played an important role in promoting sustainable development in the construction industry. The lack of an effective system for evaluating BIM application performance has become a major obstacle to BIM application. Therefore, this study develops an indicator evaluation framework that includes benefit factors and cost factors to systematically evaluate the BIM application performance. The evaluation indicators are determined through a scientometric literature review and expert evaluations, and the AHP method is employed to assess the weights of each indicator. A performance index is established and measured through a cost–benefit measurement. The developed evaluation framework and index are applied in a case study of a grid information modeling (GIM) system implemented in a specific UHV substation project. The sensitivity of the evaluation index is further examined. Finally, the recommendations for developing BIM applications like GIM are discussed. Accordingly, this research mainly contributes to developing the BIM application performance evaluation framework and index, which can be used to assess the application performance of digital technologies in the construction industry worldwide. The case experience and recommendations could promote BIM application in the power generation construction industry. Full article
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