Sustainable Construction


Sustainable construction is the designing, engineering, and construction of infrastructure and buildings with the goal of optimizing environmental, social, and economic performance.  Within sustainable construction, research areas include improvement of delivery methods, life cycle assessment of construction phases, waste-stream evaluation, and deconstruction of buildings.


The construction industry plays a vital role in a nation’s economic growth and resource allocation.  The construction industry contributed over $639 billion to the United States' Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2009.  The manufacturing of cement, a primary building product in construction, is a major contributor to air emissions.  Moreover, in 2003 the construction industry sent 136 million tons of the solid waste to landfills, constituting roughly one-third of all the solid waste.


The nature of the construction industry is complex. Construction projects need to be expertly managed in terms of considering not only budgets and schedules, but also quality and environmental impacts.  Sustainable construction research focuses on improving quality and minimizing emissions and wastes through several innovative methodologies, which are highlighted below.



Projects Members

Projects under Sustainable Construction:

Project G-01:

A Framework To Improve Construction Processes: Integrating Lean, Green, And Six-Sigma


Project G-02:

Applying The Lean, Green, And Six-Sigma Framework To Improve An Exterior Construction Process In Saudi Arabia


Project G-03:

A Model Combining The Three Methods Lean, Green, And Six-Sigma (Lg6) To Identify Waste In Construction Processes Prior To Construction Phase


Project G-04:

Quantification of Particulate Matter from Commercial Building Excavation Activities using a Life Cycle Approach


Project G-05:

Understanding Retrofit Options Through LCCA and LCA