Residential building construction: State-of-the-art review

Ali M. Memari, Patrick H. Huelman, Lisa D. Iulo, Joseph Laquatra, Carlos Martin, Andrew McCoy, Isabelina Nahmens, Tom Williamson

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This paper presents an overview of the most current topics of interest related to the field of housing and residential building construction. It addresses issues related to industry-wide residential construction trends, policies, innovative technology adoption, construction management, sustainability, energy efficiency, building science, and the need for education, especially regarding architectural concerns. The authors discuss several key technical aspects of residential building, such as structural concerns, building enclosures, and indoor environmental quality issues. Emphasis is placed on the need for renewed research and development efforts, outside-the-box thinking related to financial and investment structures for housing, improved models for adopting innovative technologies in residential construction, new construction management approaches, incorporation of more advanced building science in conjunction with advanced engineered features and architectural design, embracing green and sustainable design and construction, and consideration of the health of the occupants. The authors, who have varying specialties, identify critical issues that need more investment to support technical studies and developments as well as education, training, and awareness efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberB4014005
JournalJournal of Architectural Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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