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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
Structural barriers for disabled persons
Inadequate earthquake resistant construction
Inadequate nutrition education
Environmental hazards from the construction industry
Resource demands of the built environment
Corrosion of stonework
Reductionistic decision making criteria in the construction industry
Abdominal wall defects of the newborn
Instability of construction industry
Improvisational housing
Creep of concrete
Unilateral structural disarmament of nuclear weapons
Insecurity through unilateral structural disarmament
Unstable house structure
Restrictive building codes in urban areas
Threatened limentic habitats of lakes and reservoirs
Structural failure of integrated rural development
Reduction in building of nuclear power stations
Discrimination against women executives
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

Action Strategies relating to Construction

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Building culture of peace
Constructing low energy buildings
Building sustainable communities
Developing value codes for business
Building capacity for sustainable development
Improving capacity to develop environmentally sound technology
Establishing comprehensive health centres
Developing early warning disaster systems
Building administrative structures for sustainable development
Developing broad environmental education
Developing smart communities

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