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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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