Sustainable Development in the Built Environment: Green Growth and Innovative Directions

The 4thWorld Construction Symposium 2015 onSustainable Development in the Built Environment: Green Growth and Innovative Directionswas held from 12th to 14thJune 2015 at Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The symposium was jointly organised by the Building Economics Management and Research Unit (BEMRU) of the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa and the Ceylon Institute of Builders (CIOB). 

Built Environment Project and Asset Management (BEPAM), a journal published by Emerald Group Publishing, arranged for two awards, namely; the BEPAM Best Paper award and BEPAM Highly Commended Paper award. The recipients of these awards were announced by editor-in-chief of the journal, Prof. Mohan Kumaraswamy, at the conclusion of the symposium.

Altogether, fifty five (55) papers were presented under 12 theme areas by both local and international scholars. Imminent researchers, industry practitioners and students from over 12 countries including Sri Lanka, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and United Kingdom took part in this symposium sharing ideas in the area of sustainability in built environment. The diversity of participants stimulated a rich debate of the agenda items.

Mrs Anuradha Waidyasekara, Lecturer, Mrs Harshini Mallawarachchi, Probationary Lecturer, and Prof Lalith de Silva, Associate Professor in the Department of Building Economics received awards for their outstanding performances at the 4th World Construction Symposium 2015. Mrs Mallawaarachchi co-authored a research paper titled “IEQ and Occupants’ Productivity: Green Certified Office Buildings in Sri Lanka” together with Prof Lalith De Silva and Dr R RAmeezdeen (Senior Lecturer, South Australian University), which was awarded the BEPAM Highly Commended Paper award.

The BEPAM Best Paper award was awarded to the paper titled “Water efficiency techniques and strategies for sustainable use of water during construction phase of building projects”, authored by Mrs Waidyasekara, Prof Lalith De Silva and Dr Rameezdeen.