June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Construction management programs have an important role in sustainability education for their graduates as they produce future workforce for construction industry, one of the major industries, which influences our economy and natural environment. Due to limited natural resources and increased environmental awareness, construction professionals are increasingly expected to develop sustainable solutions to infrastructure and technology problems. However, they may find themselves inadequately prepared to provide sustainable solutions. One of the major topics of sustainable construction is building infrastructure using materials which can reduce the impact on the environment. However, incorporating knowledge of sustainable materials in already full construction management program is difficult. One of the solutions to this constraint is to introduce sustainable material concepts into an existing core course while maintaining the original course objectives. Therefore, the aim of the on-going study is to integrate sustainability concepts in the Construction Materials Technology course through an innovative term project (called as Green Concrete) dealing with the creative use of recycled materials in concrete. Specifically, students will engage in research to design their ‘Green Concrete’ using recycled materials, industrial waste and by-products. Students will work together in groups to perform all the steps of the project from design to manufacturing and testing. Each group will also be required to build a laboratory scale sample and propose a real-world application for their Green Concrete, based on the experiments. Students will also be given the opportunity to improve their written and verbal communication skills by delivering a final report and class presentation, respectively. Overall, during the ‘Green Concrete’ project students will learn how construction materials can be made more environmental friendly.
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