Department of Civil Engineering

Performance in Building Design and Construction

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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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Latest publications

Ontology-Based Construction Process Library for Process States Inference

Yuan Zheng, Olli Seppänen, Mustafa Khalid Masood, Seppo Törmä 2024 Advances in Information Technology in Civil and Building Engineering - Proceedings of ICCCBE 2022 - Volume 1

Asumisterveys huoneistossa, kemialliset altisteet ja niiden vähentäminen liesipalotilanteen jälkeen

Marjaleena Aatamila, Marko Hassinen, Pekka Toivanen, Kalle Kiviranta, Juha Laitinen, Simo Hostikka, Emmanuelle Castagnoli 2023 Pelastustieto


F. Alinejad, H. Bordbar, S. Hostikka 2023 8th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (TFEC)

Composition of Culturable Microorganisms in Dusts Collected from Sport Facilities in Finland during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maria Andersson, Camilla Vornanen-Winqvist, Tuomas Koivisto, András Varga, Raimo Mikkola, László Kredics, Heidi Salonen 2023 Pathogens

Analysing Film Plastic Waste in Residential Construction Project

Krishna Chauhan, Antti Peltokorpi, Olli Seppänen 2023 Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC31)


Inshu Chauhan, Olli Seppänen 2023 Proceedings of the 2023 European Conference on Computing in Construction and the 40th International CIB W78 Conference

Inventory and Piling Waste: A Computer Vision Approach

Inshu Chauhan, Eelon Lappalainen, Ana Reinbold, Ilari Palsola, Olli Seppänen 2023 Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC31)

The role of external crises in international SMEs' business models : An institution-based view

Susanne Durst, Lasse Torkkeli, Antti Ainamo 2023 Contextual Embeddedness of Entrepreneurship
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal

Research group members

Simo Hostikka

Professori (Associate professor)

Tuomas Alapieti

Postdoctoral Researcher

Yuan Zheng

Doctoral Researcher

Raimo Simson

Postdoctoral Researcher

Rui Zhang

Postdoctoral Researcher
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