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The Perception of Sustainable Design and Construction: Case Study of Construction Students at Two Universities

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Construction Engineering

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Sanjeev Adhikari Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Sanjeev Adhikari is faculty from Kennesaw State University. Previously he was faculty at Morehead State University from 2009 to 2016 and faculty at Purdue University – Indianapolis from 2016 to 2019. He has completed Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, focusing on construction management from Michigan Technological University in 2008. He has an extensive teaching background with a total of 18 years academic experience at five different universities. He has always been praised by students and department for his outstanding teaching and research excellence. To supplement his teaching and research, he has been involved in numerous professional societies, including ASCE, ACI, ASEE, ASC, ATMAE and TRB. His research output has been well disseminated as he has published thirty journal papers and thirty-nine conference papers. His research interests are 1) Creating Innovative Sustainable Materials, 2) Structural BIM Integration, 3) 4D/5D BIM, 4) Virtual Testing Lab, 5) Innovative Construction Demolition, and 6) Carbon Footprint Analysis on Roadways.

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Caroline Murrie Clevenger P.E.

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Caroline M. Clevenger is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Colorado Denver. Her background includes work as a professional consultant in sustainable design and construction. Her research focuses on sustainability and tools and methods for systems thinking.

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Rui Zhang University of Colorado Denver

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A master's student from the University of Colorado Denver. Study construction engineering and management under the civil engineering major.

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Sustainability can be an idea, the nature of a living system, a production method, or a way of life. It has become a complex term that can be used in a variety of ways. In the 21st century, environment and energy utilization have become a critical concern. Excessive energy use and rapid urban development have caused significant problems in our living environment. Air pollution, the greenhouse effect, climate change, a series of environmental issues, make people think about saving our community and the environment. Environmental awareness is a driving force behind sustainable design and construction. Sustainable design seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment and the health and comfort of building occupants. It is a design method that conforms to the sustainable management of the economy, society, and ecology. Sustainable design and construction are the practice of creating structure and using environmentally responsible and resource-efficient processes throughout the life cycle.

This research aims to analyze the students’ perception of the Sustainable Design and Construction (SDC) in the construction management program at two universities. This study investigates the perceptions of construction management students: what they think about sustainability and how education affects their thought relative to SDC. This study involved conducting surveys with different levels of construction management students. As a case study, this research relies on a questionnaire-based approach and statistical analysis. Survey data were collected using a convenience sample of construction students at two universities. Initial findings suggest that students’ value on SDC. However, they perceive that the primary sources of information are work and social media rather than formal higher education. Such research outcomes can help educators to better implement SDC into respective curricula in the future.

Keywords: Sustainable Design and Construction; Environment, Energy, SDC teaching; curriculum development; construction management

Adhikari, S., & Clevenger, C. M., & Zhang, R. (2021, July), The Perception of Sustainable Design and Construction: Case Study of Construction Students at Two Universities Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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