Department of Civil Engineering

Performance in 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

Multiple discrete crack initiation and propagation in Material Point Method

Tito Adibaskoro, Stéphane Bordas, Wojciech T. Sołowski, Simo Hostikka 2024 Engineering Fracture Mechanics

Risks of climate change effects on renewable energy resources and the effects of their utilisation on the environment

N. Girgibo, E. Hiltunen, X. Lü, A. Mäkiranta, V. Tuomi 2024 Energy Reports

Finnish energy renovation subsidies in multifamily apartment buildings : Lessons learnt and best practices

Hatef Hajian, Petri Pylsy, Raimo Simson, Kaiser Ahmed, Paula Sankelo, Alo Mikola, Jarek Kurnitski 2024 Energy and Buildings

Toxicity Screening of Fungal Extracts and Metabolites, Xenobiotic Chemicals, and Indoor Dusts with In Vitro and Ex Vivo Bioassay Methods

Tuomas Hintikka, Aino Andersson, Taina Lundell, Tamás Marik, Laszlo Kredics, Raimo Mikkola, Magnus C. Andersson, Jarek Kurnitski, Heidi Salonen 2024 Pathogens

Comprehensive Workflow for Documenting Corporate Commuting Emissions : A University Case Study with Two Alternative Approaches

Qidi Jiang, Jarek Kurnitski 2024 Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Advanced Civil Engineering and Smart Structures

Analyzing the gas temperature of a hydrogen jet fire in a compartment with the Fire Dynamics Simulator

Wenqian Liu, Frank Markert, Luisa Giuliani, Simo Hostikka 2024 International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

Can ChatGPT exceed humans in construction project risk management?

Roope Nyqvist, Antti Peltokorpi, Olli Seppänen 2024 Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
More information on our research in the Aalto research portal.
Research portal

Research group members

Simo Hostikka

Professori (Associate professor)

Tuomas Alapieti

Postdoctoral Researcher

Raimo Simson

Postdoctoral Researcher

Iiro Vanne

Doctoral Researcher

Rui Zhang

Postdoctoral Researcher
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