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Proceedings of the Measurement Science for Sustainable Construction and Manufacturing Workshop: Volume 1. Position Papers and Findings



Bilal Ayyub, Gerald Galloway, Richard Wright


This report documents the effort launched by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop, organize, and convene a workshop on sustainability to promote the adoption and use of sustainable construction and manufacturing and guide NIST in developing a portfolio of programs that are focused on providing the enabling measurement science to key industry stakeholders. The workshop was organized around four cross-cutting themes: (1) measurement science; (2) systems; (3) planning, design, and supply chains; and (4) economic, environmental, and social aspects. Plenary session presentations were commissioned covering each of the four cross-cutting themes. The plenary session presentations set the stage for focused breakout sessions organized around the four cross-cutting themes. The breakout sessions were used to develop a snapshot of the current state-of-the-art in that topic area, as well as identify gaps and research opportunities. Change agents were also identified. The results of the workshop breakout sessions presented herein provide a path forward for key stakeholders. Thus, this report provides the elements of a roadmap useful not only for NIST but for other key industry stakeholders on potential opportunities for their sustainability-related research, development, and deployment efforts. The workshop provided many useful insights for NIST as it moves forward with its portfolio of programs focused on sustainability-related research. The material contained in this report will promote an increased awareness of sustainability-related issues in the construction and manufacturing industries. The report identifies definitional and methodological disconnects and analyzes them from a systems perspective. The report also identifies barriers to the increased use of sustainability-related products and processes in the construction and manufacturing industries and recommends actions for NIST and others to address these barriers.
Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR) -


Economic valuation, life cycle assessment, material and energy efficiency, metrics, standards, synergies and interdependencies, sustainable construction, sustainable manufacturing, systems


Ayyub, B. , Galloway, G. and Wright, R. (2014), Proceedings of the Measurement Science for Sustainable Construction and Manufacturing Workshop: Volume 1. Position Papers and Findings, Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created September 26, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017