NUS has been designated as the top contributing institution in the world for study on green building projects (GBPs) in a bibliometric review reported in the esteemed journal Building & Environment, receiving worldwide recognition for its wide-ranging studies in the domain.
NUS SDE4, Singapore’s first new-build net-zero energy building was constructed based on the extensive green building research conducted at NUS.
The review evaluated research publications on critical success factors (CSFs) for GBPs between 2005 and 2018 and found 36 publications reported in 20 highly renowned international journals that fulfilled the selection criteria of the bibliometric review. An analysis of the active contributors and main contributing institutions of the 36 publications demonstrated that NUS is the top contributing institution in the world, outshining universities in China and the United States. All five NUS authors who contributed to the recognized NUS publications are from the Department of Building in NUS Design and Environment.
We are heartened by the news and are extremely proud of our researchers who have contributed to this recognition. As a department, we will continue to leverage our expertise and knowledge to push the boundaries of green building projects.
Professor Willie Tan, Head of Department, NUS
Prof. Tan also stated that the accomplishment validates the school’s obligation to adopt well and the green thinking in its pedagogy and research, which stresses on human-centric design within a sustainable natural and built environment.
Associate Professor Hwang Bon Gang, who is one among the five authors, was recognized as the top contributing author in the world. Since 2008, Associate Professor Hwang has been a faculty of the Department of Building contributing his research expertise in the fields of project management approaches and innovations for green construction projects, risk management, and design management to a broad variety of researches carried out at NUS.
Prof. Hwang said that the advance of new technologies has been the main focus of the study on green building projects. However, he hopes that investigating the effect of new technology adoption on the process of delivering green buildings is equally essential and expects to expand his study in this field.
The excellent research environment and support provided by the Department, School and University have enabled me to venture into this relatively new area of research I am passionate about. I am very pleased to be able to contribute to NUS through my research and this recognition.
Hwang Bon Gang, Associate Professor, NUS
Moreover, Singapore was ranked as one of the top three countries in the world that have dynamically contributed to a better understanding of the CSFs that have an impact on the professional practice of green building project management.