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 language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of Architectural Engineering|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2014|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Building science
- Construction management
- Energy efficiency
- Factory-built housing
- Healthy homes
- Housing technology and innovation
- Light-frame walls