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Accelerating innovation in the built environment by research and education

Accelerating innovation in the built environment by research and education

Kaluarachchi, Yamuna and Jones, Keith (2008) Accelerating innovation in the built environment by research and education. In: Haigh, Richard and Amaratunga, Dilanthi, (eds.) CIB International Conference on Building Education and Research Building Resilience (BEAR 2008). School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK, pp. 258-271. ISBN 9781905732364

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Abstract

Awareness of climate change and adaptations of building stock play a key role in the UK government’s environmental agenda. While some European countries and countries like Japan move forward by bringing their sustainability agenda to the public sector, the UK seems to be slow in embracing these ideas and long term sustainability in improved products and processes for better performance, efficiency and innovative application of renewable technology is yet to come. While funding remains a major constraint research show that a number of detrimental issues including; organisation, risk, mind sets of the stakeholders, planning constraints, reluctance to accept change and the unexploited markets are major contributing factors. Most of these barriers can be overcome with research, development and information and knowledge transfer techniques. Educating all stakeholders can act as an accelerator for innovation. This paper examines innovation in the built environment and how research and education can stimulate this process. It explores drivers and barriers for innovation and how research and education in construction, design, engineering and project management can enhance this process. It presents and discusses lessons learnt from two action research projects in relation to innovation.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This paper forms part of the proceedings from the CIB W89: International Conference on Building Education and Research - Building Resilience (BEAR 2008), held 11-15 February 2008, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka.
Uncontrolled Keywords: research, education, innovation, built environment, accelerators of innovation
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Sustainable Buildings Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:07
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/2813

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