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Global Construction Data

1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Gruneberg


256 pages

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Hardback: 9781138350403
pub: 2019-08-29
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Global construction data is vital for contractors, governments, international organisations, policy makers, academic researchers and statisticians. As the global population of the world expands, the sustainability of the built environment rises up the political agenda and the need to manage infrastructure and buildings in both urban and rural contexts becomes ever more pressing. How much more can the built environment grow and how can it be managed sustainably?

This edited volume is about finding a possible way through the inconsistencies between national construction data sets to devise a consistent approach to national construction data to further the global sustainability agenda and inform policy making. This search begins in Part 1, which looks at the methods and definitions used in construction statistics in different countries. Part 2 considers examples of dealing with different types of construction data from the cost of materials, measuring work on high rise buildings and existing stock. In Part 3 the authors consider construction data internationally, beginning with the problem of comparing data in different countries using exchange rates and purchasing power parities (PPPs), comparing innovation processes in different countries and looking at the provision of building design internationally. In the final section, the international theme is continued by comparing accounting practices and company performance in different countries, and concludes with an international comparison of construction industries.

This book raises awareness of the significance of the construction industry globally and the importance of data to measure it. It informs the discussion of the best ways of handling the consequences of policies affecting the built environment and the effect of the built environment on the rest of the economy and society. It is essential reading for international economists, construction industry consultants, policy makers, construction statisticians and academics.

Table of Contents


Measuring Construction Activity in the UK

Noble Francis, UCL


Construction Output as Gross Fixed Capital Formation

Gerard de Valence

Jim Meikle


Benchmarking International Construction Costs

Craig Langston


Measuring high rise building stock: survival and redevelopment, the case of Hong Kong

Dr. Wai Kin Lau

Dr. Yung Yau


Deep renovation in different business environments

Terttu Vainio

Eero Nippala


Activities causing cost overruns on construction projects in South Africa

Abimbola Windapo

Alireza Moghayedi


The adoption of Building Information Modelling as a measure of international construction innovation

David Greenwood


The contribution of architectural services

Peter Raisbeck


Make/buy decisions in international construction industry firms

Alex Murray

Alexandr Kulakov


A comparison of the construction output of the G7 countries.

Stephen Gruneberg, UCL

About the Editor

Stephen Gruneberg is an Honorary Professor in the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at UCL

About the Series


This series consists of a carefully selection of state-of-the-art research books derived from CIB activities.

CIB, the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, was established in 1953 to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research.

CIB has since developed into a world-wide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations active in the research community, in industry or in education, who cooperate and exchange information in over 50 CIB Commissions and Task Groups covering all fields in building and construction related research and innovation.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Project Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Project Management
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General