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Spon Research provides a series of advanced books for built environment researchers and professionals from one of the world’s leading publishers.

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People and Culture in Construction A Reader

People and Culture in Construction: A Reader

1st Edition

Edited By Andrew Dainty, Stuart Green, Barbara Bagilhole
December 18, 2015

Construction is one of the largest and most people-intensive industrial sectors. In many countries, however, construction is also one of the most highly criticized in terms of its employment practices and industrial relations. People and culture are too often seen as variables that must be ...

Tropical Urban Heat Islands Climate, Buildings and Greenery

Tropical Urban Heat Islands: Climate, Buildings and Greenery

1st Edition

By Nyuk Hien Wong, Yu Chen
December 18, 2015

Conventional air conditioning is not a sustainable solution to the challenge of a hot or humid climate. The climate problem is compounded in so-called Urban Heat Islands, urban areas where the air can be 3–5°C hotter than its surrounding areas and where pollution levels are consequently raised. ...

Trust in Construction Projects

Trust in Construction Projects

1st Edition

By Anita Cerić
December 08, 2015

The relationship between project managers representing project owners and those on the contractor side is often threatened by communication risk. The main communication risk minimization strategy in the construction phase is trust, which plays a major role in the success of key working ...

Communication in Construction Teams

Communication in Construction Teams

1st Edition

By Stephen Emmitt, Christopher Gorse
November 24, 2015

Construction teams are usually complex, interdisciplinary and temporary, and, as such, the need for effective communication is crucial. However, published data regarding the manner in which individuals interact within the temporary project team is scarce, with little other than anecdotal evidence ...

Procurement in the Construction Industry The Impact and Cost of Alternative Market and Supply Processes

Procurement in the Construction Industry: The Impact and Cost of Alternative Market and Supply Processes

1st Edition

By William Hughes, Patricia M. Hillebrandt, David Greenwood, Wisdom Kwawu
November 24, 2015

Do recent moves in the construction industry towards collaborative working and other new procurement procedures really make good business sense? Procurement in the Construction Industry is the result of research into this question and it includes the first rigorous categorizing of ...

Relational Contracting for Construction Excellence Principles, Practices and Case Studies

Relational Contracting for Construction Excellence: Principles, Practices and Case Studies

1st Edition

By Albert P Chan, Daniel W Chan, John F Yeung
November 24, 2015

Improved efficiency and effectiveness in the construction industry provide huge potential savings. Various forms of relational contracting such as partnering, alliancing, public private partnership (PPP), and joint venture are good examples of this. Relational Contracting for Construction ...

Fall Prevention Through Design in Construction The Benefits of Mobile Computing

Fall Prevention Through Design in Construction: The Benefits of Mobile Computing

1st Edition

By Imriyas Kamardeen
June 16, 2015

The role of designers has traditionally been to design a building so that it conforms to accepted local building codes. The safety of workers is left up to the contractor building the designs. Research shows, however, that designers can have an especially strong influence on construction safety ...

Construction Supply Chain Economics

Construction Supply Chain Economics

1st Edition

By Kerry London
February 27, 2015

This is the first comprehensive investigation of the industrial sourcing and procurement practices throughout sixty-eight construction industry supply channels across seven major commodity sectors at all levels. London presents real-world case studies to combine theory and practice to describe...

Understanding Organisational Culture in the Construction Industry

Understanding Organisational Culture in the Construction Industry

1st Edition

By Vaughan Coffey
February 27, 2015

Since the early 1980s, researchers and practitioners in the organisational and management fields have presumed a link between organisational, or corporate, culture and organisational performance. Whilst many believe this exists, other authors have been critical of the validity of such studies. Part...

Leadership and Sustainability in the Built Environment

Leadership and Sustainability in the Built Environment

1st Edition

Edited By Alex Opoku, Vian Ahmed
February 04, 2015

Leadership and sustainability have separately been the subject of numerous studies in a built environment context over the years, but they have yet to be addressed together. The real impact of legislation and guidelines designed to promote sustainability within the construction industry is closely ...

Performance-Based Optimization of Structures Theory and Applications

Performance-Based Optimization of Structures: Theory and Applications

1st Edition

By Qing Quan Liang
November 30, 2004

Performance-Based Optimization of Structures introduces a method to bridge the gap between structural optimization theory and its practical application to structural engineering. The Performance-Based Optimization (PBO) method combines modern structural optimisation theory with performance based ...

Free-Standing Tension Structures From Tensegrity Systems to Cable-Strut Systems

Free-Standing Tension Structures: From Tensegrity Systems to Cable-Strut Systems

1st Edition

By Binbing Wang
September 24, 2004

Architects are constantly looking for new methods to create large indoor spaces unhindered by columns and other supports. Tensile and cable-strut structures are one method of producing such spaces. They also enable the creation of different shaped spaces allowing architects more scope for ...

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