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UN Sustainable Development Goals

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Construction is the process of constructing a building or infrastructure. Construction differs from manufacturing in that manufacturing typically involves mass production of similar items without a designated purchaser, while construction typically takes place on location for a known client. Construction as an industry comprises six to nine percent of the gross domestic product of developed countries. Construction starts with planning, design, and financing; it continues until the project is built and ready for use.

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Organizations relating to Construction

European Network of Building Research Institutes / Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, Belgium / Est. 1988
Nordic Federation of Building and Wood Workers / Stockholm, Sweden / Est. 1952
European Concrete Societies Network / Vienna, Austria / Est. 1996
International Grooving and Grinding Association / Coxsackie NY, USA / Est. 1972
International Slurry Surfacing Association / Glen Ellyn IL, USA / Est. 1962
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers / Washington DC, USA / Est. 1896
Convention Concerning Safety Provisions in the Building Industry / Geneva, Switzerland / Est. 1937
Resolution Respecting the Construction of a Pan-American Railway / Est. 1910
International Centre for Earth Construction / Villefontaine, France / Est. 1979
European Construction Institute / Watford, UK / Est. 1990
World Plumbing Council / Est. 1990
International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism / London, UK / Est. 2001
International Confederation of Trade Unions of Workers in the Oil and Gas Industries, and Construction Workers in the Oil and Gas Complex / Moscow, Russia / Est. 1992
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute / Schaumburg IL, USA / Est. 1924
International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers / Pittsburgh PA, USA / Est. 1987
International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering / Zurich, Switzerland / Est. 1929
European Domestic Glass / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1966
Continental Automated Building Association / Ottawa ON, Canada
International Society for Construction with Alternative Materials / Leuven, Belgium / Est. 1992
International Association of Building Physics / Turin, Italy / Est. 2000
International Commission on Large Dams / Paris, France / Est. 1928
International Association of Structural Engineering and Mechanics / Daejeon, Korea Rep
CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1947
Asian Building Maintenance Association / Tokyo, Japan / Est. 2006
International Masonry Institute / Annapolis MD, USA / Est. 1970

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World Problems relating to Construction

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Over-use of formaldehyde in building materials and personal products
Discrimination against women executives
Threatened limentic habitats of lakes and reservoirs
Structural failure of integrated rural development
Reduction in building of nuclear power stations
Protectionism in the construction and engineering services industries
Elitist control of construction technology
Inequitable distribution of construction expertise
Structural rigidity in national economies
Structural rigidities in labour markets
Inadequate town planning
Structural failure
Unethical construction practices
Health risks to workers in construction industry
Concrete fatigue
Unsafe design of consumer products
Structural unemployment
Unavailability of building materials
Gender inequality
International economic injustice
Structural violence
Vulnerability of social systems
General obstacles to problem alleviation
Land erosion brought about by site development
Improvisational housing

Action Strategies relating to Construction

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Providing social security services
Reconciling differences
Building global community
Forging distinctive community identity
Improving sanitation for the poor
Restoring consumer confidence
Building culture of peace
Scrutinizing practices of transnational corporations
Cooperating for sustainable development
Facilitating global partnership of non-governmental organizations
Coordinating non-governmental organizations
Developing broad environmental education
Building a sustainable society
Improving status of women
Building social cohesion
Building typhoon-safe facility
Employing energy efficient design
Constructing low energy buildings
Building trust
Designing community growth plan
Strengthening scientific and technological capacity
Encouraging self-building of houses
Developing democracy
Producing planetary synthesis
Building ecologically

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