The 5th World Construction Symposium co-organised by Department of Building Economics

The 5th World Construction Symposium 2016 on Greening Environment, Eco-Innovations & Entrepreneurship was held from 29th to 31st July 2016 at Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The symposium provided a special forum for academic researchers and industry practitioners to share their knowledge, experience and research findings on the main theme of Greening Environment, Eco-Innovations and Entrepreneurship.

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). It 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), Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, Northumbria University, United Kingdom, Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom and Colombo School of Construction Technology, Sri Lanka were the Associate Partners of the Symposium.

The sub themes of the symposium covered a wide spectrum of areas such as: Green Buildings; Sustainable Urbanisation; Sustainable Construction Practices; Procuring Sustainable Built Infrastructure; Cost Management; Process Improvement; Building Information Modelling and Information Management; Innovative Green Technologies; Sustainable Procurement Strategies; Public private partnerships (PPPs) and Green Innovation; PPPs for a Sustainable Built Environment; Environment Economics and Management; Affordable Sustainability; Socio-Economic Sustainability; Sustainable Materials/Green Building Materials; Green Rating and Certification; Energy Management; Legal Aspects Relating to Sustainable Construction; Sustainable Facilities; Education of Sustainable Construction; Linking Design and Construction to Operation and Maintenance; and Disaster Management.

After the rigorous double blind review process, 58 papers were selected for publication, covering thirteen countries, i.e. Sri Lanka, India, United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Turkey, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM), a journal published by Emerald Group Publishing, presented BEPAM Best Paper Award to the paper entitled A Review of Safety Climate and Risk-taking Propensity in Occupational Health, Safety and Well-being in the Construction Industry by Steve Rowlinson, Yuzhong Shen and Tas Yong Koh and BEPAM Highly Commended Paper was awarded to two papers entitled Synergy Between Lean and Value Engineering Concepts: Sri Lankan Construction Industry Perspective by E.M.A.C. Ekanayake and Y.G. Sandanayake and 3R.6R Extended Water Hierarchy Model for Sustainable Use of Water during Construction by K.G.A.S. Waidyasekara, Lalith De Silva and R. Rameezdeen.

Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB) presented the Best Paper Award to the paper entitled Win-Win Settlement: Applicability of Negotiation Principles for Dispute Negotiations in Construction Projects by Samurdi Baduge and Suranga Jayasena and the Best Presentation Award to Srikar Kalidoss Sandilya for the presentation titled A Study of the Delays in Procurement of Engineered Equipment for EPC Projects in India: A Mixed Method Research Approach.