Special Issue "Current Trends in Sustainable Building Materials"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 February 2024 | Viewed by 2465
Interests: waste management; sustainable construction; reverse logistics; risk management; closed loop supply chains
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Interests: sustainability; housing infrastructure planning and development; construction health and safety; facilities management
2. Faculty of Engineering, Beirut Arab University, Beirut 11 5020, Lebanon
Interests: construction and structural materials
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Although the building and construction industry contributes to society’s requirements by improving the quality of life, its appetite for raw materials and impact while serving current needs is huge. The industry and its related activities substantially generate harmful emissions, accounting for nearly 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with 18% accruing from construction operations, mainly due transportation and processing of construction materials (Qin et al.,2021). With urban areas growing in population by 200,000 people per day, construction activities will continue to impact on the world’s resources and society (Breene, 2023). Hence, fulfilling current housing and infrastructure needs and ensuring that the ability to meet the future generations’ needs is not compromised are equally critical.
However, ensuring sustainability is contingent on a variety of factors including; competitive advantage, client satisfaction, quality of the service or product, low costs, waste management, energy consumption and long-term benefits and impacts (Albert et al., 2021; Qin et al., 2021; Sandanayake, 2022). Thus, the scope and opportunities for improvements in sustainable construction are significant. By focusing on sustainability of construction materials, the industry can realise more efficiency gains.
This special issue seeks new and emerging contributions, and adaptive and operational frameworks that challenge the status quo and discussions concerning sustainability of construction materials. It aims to explore new and emerging issues from strategic, managerial, and operational perspectives.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:
- Sustainable construction alternatives
- Green and circular economy in construction
- Sustainability assessment and indicators
- Best practices in sustainable construction materials design and implementation
- Socio-economic and environmental sustainability in construction
- Technologies in building and rehabilitation
- Manufacturing, processing and waste disposal
- Resource efficiency / Sustainable use of material resources
- Life cycle sustainability thinking for buildings (including quality and costs)
- Resilient and cognitive buildings
- Material characteristics and building performance/service efficiency
- Materials management and value chains in building and construction sustainability
- Lean construction
- New and emerging trends in sustainable building
- Applications to standards, regulation, codes and policy
- Post-occupancy evaluation, monitoring and facilities management
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Albert, I., Shakantu, W. & Ibrahim, S. (2021). The effect of poor materials management in the construction industry: a case study of Abuja, Nigeria. Acta Structilia, 28(1): 142-167.
Breene, K. (2023). Can the circular economy transform the world’s number one consumer of raw materials? World Economic Forum.
Mostert, C, Weber, C. & Bringezu, S.(2022). Modelling and simulation of building material flows: Assessing the potential for concrete recycling in the German construction sector. Recycling, 7(2): 13.
Qin, D., Hu, Y. & Li, X. (2021). Waste Glass Utilization in Cement-Based Materials for Sustainable Construction: A Review. Crystals, 11, 710.
Sandanayake, M. S. (2022). Environmental impacts of construction in building industry: A review of knowledge advances, gaps and future directions. Knowledge, 2(1): 139-156.
Dr. Nicholas Chileshe
Dr. Chioma Okoro
Prof. Dr. Jamal Khatib
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- building and construction industry
- facilities management
- green and circular economy
- infrastructure development
- lean construction
- post-occupancy evaluation
- resilient and cognitive buildings
- resource efficiency
- sustainable construction materials