Each stakeholder group defines a different aspect of the built environment. Together, they influence buildings throughout the building life cycle from building conception to decommissioning. Following the traditional construction process, information is transferred linearly from one stakeholder group to another: building owners > policy makers > architects & engineers > builders & manufacturers > building occupants. Researchers can either have parallel theoretical projects, or work jointly with one or several of the other stakeholders.
The vision of building owners drive the economy surrounding the built environment. Risk, feasibility, and overall return on investment factor into the budget and quality of the building even before it is conceived and also during the life of the building.
Surveys and coordinated theses explore the important moisture-safety issues to building owners.
Policy makers on international, continental, federal, regional, and municipal levels set guidelines and building codes for the minimum acceptable standard of building quality.
Surveys and coordinated theses explore the important moisture-safety issues to policy makers.
Architects together with teams of specialty consulting engineers design the built environment. The building details selected during the design process determine the building quality for the life of the building.
Surveys and coordinated theses explore the important moisture-safety issues to architects and consulting engineers.
Builders, contractors, sub-contractors, and building product manufacturers receive construction documentation with construction detailing from the design team. Each is faced with the task of realizing a building and building sections from sets of documentation and instructions. Cost, time, weather, and coordination constraints pressure all builders to find solutions quickly.
Surveys and coordinated theses explore the important moisture-safety issues to builders and manufacturers.
Researchers in the fields of architectural science, building science, building physics, mechanical, civil, and energy engineering study the interaction of the building envelope, HVAC systems, on-site energy generation systems, climate, and building occupants to understand the interaction of all systems on overall building performance.
Researchers will be invited to publish question papers on still open questions in the field of risk management
to avoid moisture damages.