Research in the Construction Engineering and Management group encompasses three main areas: Sustainability in Construction, ICT in Construction and Construction Health and Safety Management.
Sustainability in Construction
Research in this area focuses on the whole life appraisal and post occupancy evaluation of green buildings in-use in Canada. The objectives of this research include: 1) evaluating the economic performance of existing green buildings 2) evaluating their environmental performance and 3) investigating occupant satisfaction, behaviour, and use of green buildings. Other goals involve evaluating existing green building assessment tools and green building education and training to improve the skillset of new entrants and existing practitioners.
ICT in Construction
Research in this area focuses on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve collaborative working in the construction industry. Specific objectives include 1) developing evaluation models for collaborative decision-making in the industry 2) Establishing benchmarks for effective group meetings and collaborative decisions, and 3) investigating the effects of ICT use on the effectiveness of collaborative decision-making.
Construction Health and Safety Management
Research in this area focuses on assessing occupational health and safety management with the aim of improving health and safety performance in the construction industry. The objectives of this research involve 1) developing evaluation models and benchmarks for health and safety management practices and performance at the industry, organizational and project levels 2) investigating the relationship between management and performance and 3) evaluating health and safety education and training to improve health and safety management.