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Knowledge and Skills Required for NZEB Project Construction

9 pagesPublished: December 11, 2023


Efficient project management is crucial to project success. As the construction industry changes, constructors face new issues and must undertake roles that have not traditionally been part of their responsibility. The aim of this study was to identify the Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) project management challenges, and to determine the knowledge areas and skills that are necessary to respond to those challenges through surveys and interviews with NZEB constructors. NZEBs consume less resources than produced during operations of the building. Results revealed that the most important challenges were a general unawareness of the correct methods and procedures, reluctance to change from traditional practices, and the lack of the technical skills with NZEB technologies. The most important knowledge areas identified were communication management, schedule management and planning, and cost management. The most important skills were teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving. In addition, this study provides a summary of the importance of the various mechanisms for professional constructors’ development of net zero construction knowledge and skills. This study is beneficial for the constructors’ decision making in the NZEB project context. Educators are also expected to benefit from this study in the development of academic curriculum with a goal to meet the need.

Keyphrases: Construction Knowledge and Skills, green construction, Net Zero, nZEB

In: Tom Leathem, Wesley Collins and Anthony J. Perrenoud (editors). Proceedings of 59th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference, vol 4, pages 252--260

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Muzibur Rahman and Tamera McCuen},
  title     = {Knowledge and Skills Required for NZEB Project Construction},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of 59th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference},
  editor    = {Tom Leathem and Wes Collins and Anthony Perrenoud},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Built Environment},
  volume    = {4},
  pages     = {252--260},
  year      = {2023},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2632-881X},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/l8pd}}
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