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Global Construction and the Environment

Author : Fred Moavenzadeh
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How to profit from construction's new international businessopportunity--the environment Today, no construction industrymanager or decision-maker can ignore the environmental movement andthe big international business opportunities it's creating. Tohelp, this comprehensive resource covers the major trends and keylegislation that increasingly affect every aspect of constructionactivity, offering perspective, insight, and concreteguidance--including. * Complete discussions of the most important environmentalconstruction issues and the policies and regulations you need toknow to service current clients and better identify new businessopportunities * Full descriptions of new environmental techniques andtechnologies, such as on- and off-site decontamination, specializedtoxic substance treatments, and groundwater contaminationcountermeasures * Insightful analyses of the markets that offer the bestopportunities for the U.S. construction industry, includingopenings in environmental clean-up projects for traditionalconstruction services--site planning, project management, earthmoving, and transportation of materials * Marketplace breakdowns with abundant data and analyses for trendsand opportunities in the U.S., the EEC, Pacific Rim, and formerSoviet bloc The environment has become a powerful market force in construction.Global Construction and the Environment shows you how to turn thisforce into a source of competitive advantage for your firm.

Management of Global Construction Projects

Author : Edward Ochieng
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Management of Global Construction Projects is the first textbook of its kind, taking a uniquely global approach to project management in construction. Using a wealth of case studies from around the world to explain theory and practice, the authors take a business-oriented, decision-making approach to project management and the challenges it faces in the modern world. The book covers topics highly relevant to the challenges and opportunities currently facing the global construction industry, including managing culturally diverse and globally dispersed teams, international project finance and global stakeholders in projects. Management of Global Construction Projects - is the first textbook to combine project management and international construction - features a wide range of international case studies, with examples from BRIC countries and Africa, to provide real insight into construction across the world, including in developing countries - covers increasingly important and current issues, such as managing sustainability and cultural diversity Management of Global Construction Projects is essential reading for both students of construction management and professionals looking to understand construction project management in a truly global context.

Global Construction Data

Author : Stephen Gruneberg
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Global construction data is vital for contractors, governments, international organisations, policy makers, academic researchers and statisticians. As the global population of the world expands, the sustainability of the built environment raises the political agenda and the need to manage infrastructure and buildings in both urban and rural contexts becomes ever more pressing. How much more can the built environment grow and how can it be managed sustainably? This edited volume addresses how we can find a possible way through the inconsistencies between national construction data sets to devise a consistent approach to national construction data to further the global sustainability agenda and inform policy making. This search begins in Part I, which looks at the methods and definitions used in construction statistics in different countries. Part II considers examples of different types of construction data from the cost of materials, measuring work on high rise buildings and existing stock. In Part III, the authors consider construction data internationally, beginning with the problem of comparing data in different countries using exchange rates and purchasing power parities (PPPs), comparing innovation processes in different countries and looking at the provision of building design internationally. In Part IV, the international theme is continued by comparing accounting practices and company performance in different countries and concludes with an international comparison of construction industries. This book raises awareness of the significance of the construction industry globally and the importance of data to measure it. It informs the discussion of the best ways of handling the consequences of policies affecting the built environment and the effect of the built environment on the rest of the economy and society. It is essential reading for international economists, construction industry consultants, policy makers, construction statisticians and academics.

R D Investment and Impact in the Global Construction Industry

Author : Keith Hampson
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R&D Investment and Impact in the Global Construction Industry brings together contributions from leading industry researchers in a diverse group of countries to investigate the role of research and development (R&D) in the construction industry. Investment in R&D is a proven factor in economic growth, and helps develop a more productive and innovative industry. This book explores how policy makers and industry leaders can better target future investment; and how industry and researchers can manage their efforts to improve productivity whilst addressing the environmental and social needs of their communities. Case studies present projects where R&D ideas funded by both the private and public sectors have been translated from research into practice or policy, and examine drivers, successes and barriers to the delivery of R&D in industry. Based on research from members of the CIB Task Group 85 (R&D Investment and Impact) and concluding with key insights for maximising the impact of R&D in the future, the book holds valuable lessons for practitioners, policy makers and researchers across the international construction industry.

Marketing Research for the Global Construction Industry

Author : Sui Pheng Low
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The global construction industry is a fascinating subject for international contractors, researchers and government agencies involved with the export marketing of construction services. Despite the growing importance of the global construction market, relatively little is known of its characteristics. From a market research point of view, a Marketing Information System within the context of the construction exports industry has been pioneered in this book to provide information for decision-making in more than one country.In the process of examining the construction industries in 180 countries and territories, the North-South divide in the global construction industry has been consequently identified. Apart from the economic models which succinctly highlights movements in the global construction industry, a methodology for market research purposes is also presented.

Sustainable Construction Processes

Author : Steve Goodhew
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This book explores the concepts and practicalities that lead to sustainable construction. It breaks new ground by providing the reader with the underlying principles of how to build sustainably and then assesses many of the tools required for the task. From energy to materials and from procurement to operation, all aspects play their part in turning a theoretically sustainable building project into a reality. There are many guidelines for the designer on how to maximise the sustainability of buildings but this resource text supplements these by focusing on the construction and operational aspects of sustainable buildings, as well as some of the more fundamental design-related considerations. ï¿1⁄2 Offers an excellent text for those learning to construct, design and operate sustainable buildings. ï¿1⁄2 Covers the drivers for sustainable construction, definitions, historical impacts, climate change and global, regional and individual responses. ï¿1⁄2 enables the construction professional to achieve optimum solutions, both in design, process and the aftercare of buildings. ï¿1⁄2 evaluates the effectiveness of different renewable technologies and provides guidance on the practicalities of their use. ï¿1⁄2 Alerts the reader to future trends in this field.

Minimizing Energy Consumption Energy Poverty and Global and Local Climate Change in the Built Environment Innovating to Zero

Author : Matthaios Santamouris
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Minimizing Energy Consumption, Energy Poverty and Global and Local Climate Change in the Built Environment: Innovating to Zero analyzes three major issues of the built environment, including the political, economic and technical contexts, the impacts of global and local climate change, and the technical and social characteristics of energy poverty. In addition, the book addresses the causes and reasons for the magnitude and characteristics of the built environment’s energy consumption. Users will find a fresh view of energy consumption in the built environment, especially in relation to energy poverty and climate change from the ZERO energy world perspective. Presents and analyzes over twenty specific linkages and causalities between energy consumption, climate change and energy poverty Describes the state-of-the-art regarding the energy consumption of buildings in Europe and recent trends and characteristics Explores how can we transform problems into opportunities Examines how we can increase the added value of technological, economic and social interventions to generate wealth and offer employment opportunities

Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction

Author : J. K. Yates
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Successfully Measure the Benefits of Green Design and Construction Sustainability in Engineering Design and Construction outlines the sustainable practices used in engineering design and construction operations for all types of engineering and construction projects. Aimed at ushering the engineering and construction industry into embracing sustainable practices and green construction techniques, this book addresses sustainability in engineering design and construction operations from a historical and global perspective, and delves into specific sustainability concepts and processes. The book explains the concepts of sustainable development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Dow Jones Global Sustainability Index (DJGSI), key performance indicators (KPIs), corporate sustainability, and the triple bottom line (economic, environmental, and social values in design and construction). Relevant to sustainability in every facet of engineering and construction, it also covers life-cycle environmental cost analysis, discusses sustainable engineering and site selection, the economic considerations evaluated when making sustainability decisions, and explains how to measure and quantify sustainable performance and apply these practices in the real world. It also covers project and corporate level sustainability practices, sustainable construction materials and processes, sustainable heavy construction equipment, traditional and alternative energy sources, provides implementation resources for starting and evaluating sustainability programs, and includes a checklist for measuring the sustainability of construction operations. The text contains detailed information on sustainable construction materials and processes, heavy construction equipment, and traditional and alternative energy sources. It presents information on sustainable designs, selecting sustainable sites, designing for passive survivability, designing for disassembly, and the ISO 14,000 standards. It provides implementation resources for starting and evaluating sustainability programs and a checklist for measuring the sustainability of construction operations In addition, it provides definitions of sustainability terms and expressions, as well as case studies, examples, discussion questions, and a list of supplemental references at the end of each chapter. This book provides information on: Definitions for sustainability terms Sources for locating global sustainability requirements Current sustainability issues Environmental laws related to sustainability and their implications Sustainable design Life-cycle cost assessment models Sustainable practices currently being used in the engineering and construction (E&C) industry Corporate-level sustainability practices Project-level sustainability practices Global sustainability trends and implications Sustainable materials Sustainable heavy construction equipment Traditional and alternative energy sources LEED Green Building Rating System Sustainability organizations and certification programs Sustainability implementation resources A summary of sustainable engineering design and construction

Infrastructure for the Built Environment Global Procurement Strategies

Author : Rodney Howes
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Throughout the world there is a growing demand for high quality public services to support socio-economic development. Infrastructure is central to improving the level of public services and the quality of the built environment. But in key areas such as transport, energy, water, healthcare, education and communications, public resources are not sufficient to keep pace with this demand. As the public sector struggles to keep up, the private sector is increasingly involved in the procurement of economic and social infrastructure. Until now procurement strategies have often concentrated on the mechanisms and the ‘bricks and mortar’ without a thorough analysis of the processes and their implications for services. The result is that all too often infrastructure projects are implemented in an ad hoc and fragmented way. In this ground-breaking book, Rodney Howes and Herbert Robinson provide a holistic approach to infrastructure provision that facilitates infrastructure delivery aimed at continuously improving the level and quality of services. Critical issues of policy and strategy, implementation, and operational aspects are examined within the context of sustainability. By emphasising the importance of procuring infrastructure within an overall national or regional development policy and strategy, the authors have demonstrated the importance of linking investment and resource decisions to local social, economic and environmental needs. With each chapter carefully written to reflect part of the infrastructure delivery chain and illustrated with practical examples and case studies from around the world, this book offers a new blueprint for infrastructure investment and resource management.

Global Construction Success

Author : Charles O'Neil
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A guide to effective corporate and project management in the construction industry with a focus on the role that people play in the process Global Construction Success explores the importance that human dynamics play in risk management of construction projects. Every time a project is structured, designed and built, personal behaviours and inputs can either lead to success or be the cause of failure. With contributions from noted experts on the topic, the book offers insight into stakeholders’ reactions in a variety of situations, provides expert analyses of risk management and proposes potential solutions and recommendations in order to ensure effective construction management. The book explores common causes of project failure, outlines the key factors of successful projects, shows how to implement Public Private Partnerships, explores the different stages of structuring projects and reveals what it takes to manage difficult client/contractor relationships. International case studies of major projects clearly illustrate how communications and relationships can lead to helpful solutions to commonly encountered challenges to achieve positive results. This new and updated edition: Offers a comprehensive review of the impact human dynamics play in the success or failure of construction projects Stresses the importance of the leadership of senior management Offers a new chapter on managing and resolving conflicts Shows why the industry needs better risk management Includes new information for managing communications and relationships Explores new areas of technology that are being embraced by the construction industry Written for construction industry senior management in both the corporate and government sectors, project management professionals, consultants and supply chain participants, the second edition of Global Construction Success has been updated to include expanded material for minimizing risk and improving management quality and profitability when working with international construction projects.

Global Engineering and Construction

Author : J. K. Yates, PhD, BSCE
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The essential manual for managing global engineering and construction projects and working with multinational project teams The first book written for operations-level engineers, constructors, and students, Global Engineering and Construction is an essential manual for navigating the confusing world of engineering and construction in the global arena and for working on multinational teams. From project management to finance, global construction to alliances, international standards to competitiveness, this book contains country- and region-specific information on cultural issues, legal systems, bid estimates, scheduling, business practices, productivity improvement, and tips for successfully working on and managing global projects. This book also provides a useful glossary and numerous case studies illustrating practices in the real world. Global Engineering and Construction features the latest coverage on such topics as: Project management Engineering design Designing for terrorism Kidnapping protection Construction failures Preparing to work globally Safety Issues Legal Issues Technical and quality standards Environmental issues Productivity improvement Planning and engineering delays and mitigation strategies Concepts of culture and global issues Global competitiveness Global engineering and construction alliances Global financing techniques Country-specific information

Economics for the Modern Built Environment

Author : Les Ruddock
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Recent decades have seen a major social and economic changes across the developed world and consequent changes in the construction and property industries. The discipline of construction economics needs to respond to this. For instance, the importance of sustainable development has become recognised, as has the need to increasingly master the medium and long-term consequences of construction, not only in the production but also in the management of buildings across their whole life-cycle. And the new focus on the service rendered by buildings, as distinct from the buildings themselves, has prompted a new approach to the construction and property industries. Any economic analysis of these sectors has to take account of all the participants involved in the life-cycle of building structures – not only in the design and construction, but also in the operation, maintenance, refurbishment and demolition of property. This innovative new book draws on the work of the Task Group of the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation) on Macroeconomics for Construction. It pulls together discussions of mesoeconomic and macroeconomic models and methodologies in construction economics and presents an exciting approach to the analysis of the operation and function of the construction and property sector within the economy. Graduate students and researchers will find it an invaluable work.

Media Construction of Environment and Sustainability in India

Author : Prithi Nambiar
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The book analyses the role of media and communication in negotiating the meaning of environment and sustainability in the developmental context of India. As part of the global development discourse, it has become necessary to refocus on the meanings attributed to environment, sustainability, and sustainable development at the local and national level. The impact of these globally generated imperatives on a democratic, fast-developing nation like India is determined by the extent to which meaning negotiation through discourse aids their acceptance within society. Media Construction of Environment and Sustainability in India presents a theoretical framework against which the role of media and communication in enabling this meaning negotiation is explored and illustrated through textual analysis and examination of interview data. The uniquely theoretical and practical perspective on the discursive construction of these concepts will be of immense value for policy makers, development and media practitioners, scholars, and students of media and communication.

The Social Construction of Climate Change

Author : Mary E. Pettenger
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Individuals, international organizations and states are calling for the world to confront climate change. Efforts such as the Kyoto Protocol have produced intractable disputes and are deemed inadequate. This volume adopts two constructivist perspectives - norm-centred and discourse - to explore the social construction of climate change from a broad, theoretical level to particular cases. The contributors contend that climate change must be understood from the context of social settings, and that we ignore at our peril how power and knowledge structures are generated. They offer a greater understanding of why current efforts to mitigate climate change have failed and provide academics and policy makers with a new understanding of this important topic.

International Construction Contract Law

Author : Lukas Klee
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Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment to 2050

Author : Tim Dixon
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Sustainable Futures in the Built Environment provides an insight on both construction and development issues and examine how we can transition to a sustainable future by 2050 bringing together leading research and practice at building, neighbourhood and city levels. Coverage includes the 'hard end' of the built environment (across the scales of buildings, communities and cities), and the 'softer' end in terms of how professional practice will need to adapt to these trends. Invaluable source for researchers and postgraduate students as well as built environment professionals.

Strategic Management Applied to International Construction

Author : Rodney Howes
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- Introduction - Preparation for entry into international construction - provides an introduction to the subject from its inception by providing a framework, which identifies the factors that should be considered and evaluated to test the strategy for entry into a new international market. - International trade and the nature of international construction - an overview of world economic performance and trade is provided in this chapter. The principles of international trade are outlined and these are related to activities of world trade bodies. Also discussed are the reasons why national governments have implemented trade barriers and tariffs. - Corporate strategy - examines the factors that contribute to the success of a strategy aimed at profitability and growth derived from operating internationally and globally. Explained and applied are Porter's seminal work, concerning industrial and national competitiveness and The Boston Consulting Group model, an alternative approach to the determination of the business portfolio. - Marketing, competitive advantage and procurement - sets out to provide a framework for the development of a sound marketing strategy that will exploit corporate strengths in the face of competition, while minimizing risk. - International construction finance - details the sources of finance for international construction and provides and explanation of the cost of capital. The international financial system is outlined and the method of calculating the key economic indicator of gross national product (GNP) is described. This chapter also includes a section devoted to the financial evaluation of mergers and acquisitions. - International management culture - examined in this chapter are the prospects for intercultural management and the means of profiling and identifying the nature of cultures. Also explained is the need to build a cultural map and a brief appraisal of working cultures. - International human resource management - seeks to establish the importance of the interaction between the management of human resources and corporate strategies and decision-making. Detailed within the chapter are health and safety policies, basic functions of international human resources management and models of human resource management are proposed. - Organization structure and management systems - explains the principles and influencing factors that determine the selection and evolution of organisation structures. Project organization structures are analysed and the advantages of matrix project management structures are discussed. - Communications - presents the basic components of the communication process and discusses the implications on international and global organizations with respect to the influences of different languages and cultures. - Project management - this chapter is concerned with the efficient management of the design and construction of construction projects and seeks to identify and describe the decisions, actions and arrangements that are required to realize projects within budget, on time and to the quality standards specified. - Future horizons - this final chapter attempts to address the prime movers for change and makes a prognostication about the future shape and development of the global construction industry.

10th Symposium Construction Innovation and Global Competitiveness

Author : Ben Obinero Uwakwhe
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This two-volume set comprises the proceedings of the 2002 symposium concerned with innovation in the construction industry and global competition. Approximately 115 papers address topics ranging from business improvement to the impact of innovation on the built environment; globalization and competitiveness, including core issues influencing global

Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction

Author : Jack S. Goulding
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The offsite and modular market is continuing to grow. This book builds on the success of a number of initiatives, including formative findings from literature, research and development and practice-based evidence (success stories). It presents new thinking and direction from leading experts in the fields of: design, process, construction, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, robotics, delivery platforms, business and transformational strategies, change management, legislation, organisational learning, software design, innovation and biomimetics. This book is particularly novel and timely, as it brings together a number of cogent subjects under one collective ‘umbrella’. Each of these chapters contain original findings, all of which culminate in three 'Key Learning Points' which provide new insight into the cross-cutting themes, interrelationships and symbiotic forces that exist between each of these chapters. This approach also provides readers with new contextualised understanding of the wider issues affecting the offsite market, from the need to embrace societal challenges, through to the development of rich value-laden solutions required for creating sector resilience. Content includes a balance between case studies and practice-based work, through to technical topics, theoretical propositions, pioneering research and future offsite opportunities ready for exploitation. This work includes: stakeholder integration, skills acquisition, new business models and processes, circularity and sustainable business strategies, robotics and automation, innovation and change, lean production methodologies and new construction methods, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, scaled portfolio platforms and customisability, new legal regulatory standards and conformance issues and offsite feasibility scenario development/integration.

Environmental Concerns in Malaysian Construction Industry

Author : Nazirah Zainul Abidin
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As the construction industry continues to develop within the natural environment, the industry has to take strong measures to ensure that its activities are in harmony with the environment. The challenge for the construction sector is not just to respond to the need for adequate housing and rapid urbanisation, but to do it in a way that is socially and ecologically responsible. This book begins with the current progress of the construction industry in Malaysia before shifting to the fragile relationship between construction and environment. Knowing the rapid development in Malaysia and how construction can affect the environment, this book delves into some evidence of environmental degradation in Malaysia. In the mist of degradation, there is some light shone by the government agencies, state government and some construction players who have initiated several actions to improve present situation. Construction players must be ready to address these concerns, aware of the requirements and comply with it, while the government must be ready to implement and enforce the requirement. An effective planning, implementation and monitoring is vital if the environment is to be part of the culture of the construction industry everywhere.