Sustainable Construction and the Integrated Life Cycle Approach

Heli Koukkari

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Building and civil engineering has greatly contributed to shaping and structuring the world as we know it nowadays. Its know-how has been central in the development of an industrial construction sector that creates wealth, well-being and work. Buildings and infrastructures that result from design and construction rise to human, social and economic needs. Simultaneously however, production and use of the built environment has grown more and more harmful to the natural environment. In the circumstances of global threats, building and civil engineering has giant challenges but also magnificent opportunities. In order to understand the role of the construction sector both in problem-making and problem-solving, the presentation introduces methods of back-casting and forecasting in relation to technology development of the sector. It also introduces the principles and practices of integrated methods in research, planning, design and building that are needed for implementation of life cycle thinking in the built environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Construction - A Life Cycle Approach in Engineering International Training School
EditorsLuis Bragança, Heli Koukkari, Ruben Paul Borg, Milan Veljkovic
Place of PublicationMalta
PublisherUniversity of Malta
ISBN (Print)978-99932-09-18-8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material
EventCOST Action C25 International Training School: Sustainable Construction - A Life Cycle Approach in Engineering - University of Malta, Valletta, Malta
Duration: 26 Jul 20101 Aug 2010


CourseCOST Action C25 International Training School


  • sustainability
  • scenario
  • built environment
  • integrated approach


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