Sustainable construction research addresses pressing sustainability-related issues in various life cycle stages of building and infrastructure projects.
The Australian and international construction activities have significant impacts on the society, environment, and economy. The scope of sustainable construction has been extended from the construction stage to other life cycle stages. Meanwhile, sustainability performance is associated with other factors to be considered in building and infrastructure projects, such as wellbeing of tenants, the safety of site personnel, and use of advanced technologies.
Researchers in this area are working on gaining a better understanding of the drivers and the mechanism of achieving sustainable construction in Australia and overseas. Areas of research include:
- Resource efficiency and Construction & Demolition Waste management.
- Green building rating tools and development.
- Dynamic interaction between sustainability and other factors (e.g. health and safety) in building and infrastructure projects.
- Sustainable/low carbon cities.
- Sustainability and competitiveness.
- Stakeholder engagement in the sustainable built environment.
- Risk management in low carbon developments.
- Sustainability disclosure.
- Social acceptance of technological innovations.
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Lead researchers in this area are currently focused on
- Driving forces for air pollutants based on regional inter-industry linkages (Jian Zuo)
- The collaboration mechanism and evolution mode of the waste reduction system in the construction industry (Jian Zuo)
- Re-considering sustainable building and design: a cultural change approach (Jian Zuo)
- Co-evolution and dynamic capabilities growth models of the Chinese international contracting business in the complex environment (Jian Zuo)
Our research units and groups working in this area
- China-Australia Sustainable Research Unit (CASRU)