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Edited by: B.H.V. Topping, L.F. Costa Neves, R.C. Barros
Chapter 19

Construction Information Technology Research: Climate Change Agenda

Z. Turk1,2

1Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
2Secretariat of the Reflection Group on the Future of Europe, Brussels, Belgium

Full Bibliographic Reference for this chapter
Z. Turk, "Construction Information Technology Research: Climate Change Agenda", in B.H.V. Topping, L.F. Costa Neves, R.C. Barros, (Editors), "Trends in Civil and Structural Engineering Computing", Saxe-Coburg Publications, Stirlingshire, UK, Chapter 19, pp 413-423, 2009. doi:10.4203/csets.22.19
Keywords: climate change, information technology in construction, research agenda.

Addressing climate change is one of the key technological challenges of the present and the near future. With about a half of the energy being used in the built environment and with a huge proportion being used by the transportation sector, the construction industry will be a very important player. The chapter presents the general context of the climate change discussion. It identifies construction industry as a double winner in this process, potentially benefiting both from the changes in nature as well as from governments' measures. There are many goals that the construction industry can accomplish without much additional research, even more, however, if it moves beyond the current state of the art, particularly in building automation and the use of ICT throughout the building's life cycle. The chapter concludes by identifying the emerging research and development agenda in the field of construction informatics.

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