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Scope of Preconstruction Services in Green Building Projects

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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Current Issues in Construction Education

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25.1145.1 - 25.1145.11



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Suat Gunhan University of Texas, San Antonio

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Suat Gunhan received both his bachelor's of architecture and master's of science in architecture degrees from Dokuz Eylul University and a Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the construction science and management program at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu University of Texas, San Antonio Orcid 16x16

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Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Louisiana State University. He is currently the Coordinator of the Construction Science and Management program at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Scope of Preconstruction Services in Green Building ProjectsThe building construction industry is continuously experiencing significant changes in practicebecause of the rapid development of new technologies, methods and materials. The industrystakeholders, including designers, engineers and contractors, are often forced to develop andimplement creative and non-traditional strategies to keep up with the new trends while stayingefficient, effective and competitive. Sustainability and green building practices are goodexamples of such new trends which became focal points building construction projects in the lastdecade. In this transition, construction contractors expanded their capabilities beyond traditionalproject delivery methods. The majority of top green building contractors in the United Statesmaintain significant experience and expertise in Construction Management at Risk (CM at Risk)delivery method . This type of delivery places large emphasis on preconstruction making it avital process in green building projects. In addition, sustainability and green building trendsadded different attributes to the preconstruction process beyond the conventional services.This paper aims to explore the differentiating characteristics of preconstruction services in greenbuilding projects in comparison to the traditional project delivery. The paper highlights the newqualifications that are increasingly expected from construction companies during the greenbuilding projects' preconstruction process. The additional attributes and abilities that areexpected from the contractors are summarized in the paper including the ability to analyzeinnovative technology scope, effective use of building information modeling (BIM) relatedtechnologies, energy modeling analysis, fundamental knowledge of ecology, and building lifecycle cost analysis. The discussions provided in this paper provide a structured framework tointroduce the green preconstruction process in the classroom as well as a source for constructioncontractors to expand their services.

Gunhan, S., & Hatipkarasulu, Y. (2012, June), Scope of Preconstruction Services in Green Building Projects Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21902

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