Ali Mehrabian, Walter W. Buchanan


DOI: 10.14684/intertech.13.2014.8-10

The impact of construction industry on the economy is immense. In recent years the demands for green materials and overall sustainability to achieve high quality and healthy structures have increased. Part of this demand is due to the very own nature of the field of construction: clients pay for the construction of their individual and unique projects, and thus, they demand better quality, lower costs, and more sustainability of the projects. However, undoubtedly there are existing challenges and constrains in the quest. This article encapsulates some of these constraints and discusses some remedial actions. Bringing real-world practical experience into classrooms by faculty would be exceptionally valuable to the students, the departments, and the institutions of higher education by attracting more students. Some different but practical methods of achieving such practical experience is gained through project-based practical work experience, consulting, continuing education, seminars, workshops, and industry-supported projects. Index Terms - green construction education, project-based education, real-world practical experience, sustainability.

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