Department of Civil Engineering

Building design and construction

The mission of our building design and construction research is to integrate the two fields by creating new, research-based knowledge to promote energy-efficient, safe, sustainable, healthy and comfortable buildings, thus also supporting the transformation of the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
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Industrial research impact

The AEC sector (architecture, engineering and construction) has a key role in the economies of both developing and developed countries. Major advances in processes and products have been achieved through modularisation, industrialised and lean construction, internet of things, big data and the virtual design of products and works. Increased awareness of indoor air problems and fire safety has also placed an emphasis on the healthiness and safety of buildings for end users.

The design and construction industry must change to exploit new opportunities and respond to challenges. To support this transformation, our group works to integrate the fields of design and construction in our research. 

In building design, the basis of our work is formed by structural analysis, computational engineering and experimental methods, with an emphasis on connections to architecture.

Research into building performance is aimed at developing solutions for the design, construction and maintenance of energy-efficient, sustainable, healthy, and comfortable buildings.

In the research related to information and operations management in construction, enhancing modularity in construction is an objective when focusing on processes, organisations and technologies. To make the mission achievable in practice also the people aspect needs to be considered.

By proactively driving process change, the group will be able to define the skills required to achieve the transformation and develop the teaching of the department to educate game changers - next generation engineers who will implement the transformation.

Building 2030

The Building 2030 project envisions, researches and promotes a better future of construction.

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Building 2030

Latest publications

Jatkuvatoimisten mittalaitteiden luotettavuus sisäilman haihtuvien orgaanisten yhdisteiden kokonaispitoisuuksien mittaamisessa

Tuomas Alapieti, Emil Alhonnoro, Raimo Mikkola, Heidi Salonen 2020 Sisäilmastoseminaari 2020

Kaupunkiasunnoista kerätyt sisätilapölyt saattavat sisältää ksenobioottisia rasvaliukoisia yhdisteitä, jotka solutesteissä vahingoittavat mitokondrioiden toimintaa

Maria A. Andersson, Szabolcs Nagy, Magnus Andersson, Jarek Kurnitski, Heidi Salonen 2020 Sisäilmastoseminaari 2020

Intelligent Construction Site: On Low Cost Automated Indoor Localization Using Bluetooth Low Energy Beacons

Behnam Badihi , Jianyu Zhao, Siyan Zhuang, Olli Seppänen, Riku Jäntti 2020 2019 IEEE Conference on Wireless Sensors, ICWiSe 2019

An extended weighted-sum-of-gray-gases model to account for all CO2 ‐ H2O molar fraction ratios in thermal radiation


Deep learning for building occupancy estimation using environmental sensors

Zhenghua Chen, Chaoyang Jiang, Mustafa K. Masood, Yeng Chai Soh, Min Wu, Xiaoli Li 2020 Deep learning: algorithms and applications

Effect of oxygen enrichment in spectral thermal radiation in an unconfined turbulent bluff-body flame

Masood Darbandi, Mohammad Bagher Barezban, Ali Fatin, Hadi Bordbar 2020 Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Research group members

Simo Hostikka

Professori (Associate professor)

Wei Lu

Vanhempi yliopistonlehtori

Ergo Pikas

Postdoctoral researcher

Guenther Filz

Civil Engineering
Professori (Associate professor)

Yuan Zheng

Gengmu Ruan

Gengmu Ruan

Civil Engineering
Doctoral candidate

Hosein Sadeghi

Civil Engineering
Doctoral candidate

Weiwei Lin

Civil Engineering
Associate professor
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