Fourth World Construction Symposium - 2015

The 4th World Construction Symposium 2015 on “Sustainable Development in the Built Environment: Green Growth and Innovative Directions” was held from 12th to 14th June 2015 at Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The symposium was jointly organised by the Building Economics Management and Research Unit (BEMRU) of the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa and the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB). The Symposium commenced with the key note address delivered by Prof. Ananda  Jayawardena, the vice-chancellor of University of Moratuwa, and provided a special forum for researchers and practitioners in the area of sustainable construction worldwide to share their knowledge, experience and research findings. The symposium was sponsored by International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom; Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID), The University of Hong Kong; Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras); CIB-TG 72 (Public Private Partnership); CIB-W092 (Procurement Systems) and Colombo School of Construction Technology were the Associate Partners of the Symposium. Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM), a journal published by Emerald Group Publishing, arranged for two awards, namely; the BEPAM Best Paper award and BEPAM Highly Commended Paper award. The recipients of these awards were announced by editor-in-chief of the journal, Prof. Mohan Kumaraswamy, at the conclusion of the symposium. Altogether, fifty five (55) papers were presented under12 theme areas by both local and international scholars. Imminent researchers, industry practitioners and students from over 12 countries including Sri Lanka, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and United Kingdom took part in this symposium sharing ideas in the area of sustainability in built environment. The diversity of participants stimulated a rich debate of the agenda items.