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Construction is a general term meaning the art and science to form objects, systems, or organizations, and comes from Latin constructio and Old French construction. To construct is the verb: the act of building, and the noun is construction: how something is built, the nature of its structure.

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Organizations relating to Construction

Trades Union International of Workers in the Building, Wood, Building Materials and Allied Industries / Nicosia, Cyprus / Est. 1949
Confederation of International Contractors Associations / Paris, France / Est. 1974
International Society for Trenchless Technology / Alexandria VA, USA / Est. 1986
Coatings Societies International / Stuttgart, Germany / Est. 1979
Fédération internationale du béton / Lausanne, Switzerland / Est. 1998
International Masonry Society / Whyteleafe, UK / Est. 1986
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors / London, UK / Est. 1881
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
International Society for Construction with Alternative Materials / Leuven, Belgium / Est. 1992
European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1967
Intelligent Building Group / London, UK / Est. 1992
Federación Interamericana de la Industria de la Construcción / Mexico City, Mexico / Est. 1960
International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology / Raleigh NC, USA / Est. 1971
European Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Association / Kloster Lehnin, Germany / Est. 1988
International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering / Taipei, Taiwan
European Demolition Association / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1978
European Chimneys Association / Courbevoie, France / Est. 1989
European Association for Product and Process Modelling in the Building Industry / Dresden, Germany / Est. 1994
Union européenne pour l'agrément technique dans la construction / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1960
Federación Iberoamericana del Hormigón Premezclado / Bogota, Colombia / Est. 1976
European Construction Industry Federation / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1905
Nordic Concrete Federation / Oslo, Norway / Est. 1978
Federación Latinoamericana de Trabajadores de la Industria y la Construcción / Sao Paulo, Brazil / Est. 2001
International Construction Information Society / Brno, Czech Rep / Est. 1994
Association for Cooperation on Sustainable Development and Sustainable Construction in the Mediterranean / Athens, Greece / Est. 2004
International Confederation of Construction and Building Materials Industry Workers' Unions / Moscow, Russia
European Council for Construction Research, Development and Innovation / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1995
International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure / Winnipeg MB, Canada
Associação Sul Americana de Engenharia Estrutural / Porto Alegre, Brazil
International Federation of Highrise Structures / Bangalore, India / Est. 1994
Scandinavian Society for Trenchless Technology / Stockholm, Sweden / Est. 1989
European Federation of Building and Woodworkers / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1958
International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability / Shanghai, China / Est. 1985
European Structural Integrity Society / Cassino, Italy / Est. 1978
Association of Industrial Ceiling Manufacturers / Düsseldorf, Germany / Est. 1988
European Building Automation and Controls Association / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 2003
Asian Concrete Federation / Pathum Thani, Thailand / Est. 2004
European Cement Research Academy / Düsseldorf, Germany / Est. 2003
Agence Panafricaine de la Grande Muraille Verte / Nouakchott, Mauritania / Est. 2010
International Centre for Earth Construction / Villefontaine, France / Est. 1979
European Construction Institute / Watford, UK / Est. 1990
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute / Schaumburg IL, USA / Est. 1924
Steel Construction Institute, The / Ascot, UK / Est. 1986
Joint Committee on Structural Safety / Aalborg, Denmark / Est. 1971
Comité international des cheminées industrielles / Est. 1973
Nordic Contact Concerning State Building Activities / Copenhagen, Denmark / Est. 1962
World Green Building Council / Toronto ON, Canada / Est. 1999
European Technical Contractors Committee for the Construction Industry / Zoetermeer, Netherlands / Est. 1976
European Institute for Construction Labour Research / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1993
International Institute for FRP in Construction / Kingston ON, Canada / Est. 2003

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

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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