College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Scott Kelting, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The construction industry evolves everyday as it attempts to stay up to date on current technologies, meet the needs of consumers, and take action on the ever-pressing topic of sustainability. Sustainability is one of the main ways the industry continues to advance. The United States is one of the world leaders in sustainable construction, however with limited research and restrained interest there is only so much progress that can be made when solely relying on domestic resources. By studying and collaborating with foreign construction institutions, the American construction industry has the potential to improve its sustainability performance significantly. By performing case studies on specific firms and projects in a variety of international markets, East Asia, Europe, and Australia, the goal is to highlight international sustainable building methods that have proven to be successful and analyze the feasibility of implementing these methods in the American market. These case studies, along with a qualitative survey involving several US construction firms’ sustainability commitments, will identify how the American construction industry currently excels, and where improvements can be made to ensure future achievements.