School of the Built Environment leads the International Conference on Construction in a Changing World

School of the Built Environment leads the International Conference on Construction in a Changing World

From 4 – 7 May 2014, the School of the Built Environment is leading the CIB 2014 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World in Sri Lanka. The conference will be chaired by SoBE professors Les Ruddock, Dilanthi Amaratunga & Richard Haigh. 

Several key CIB working commissions and task groups use the conference as the platform for their annual meetings. These include: CIB W55 Building Economics; CIB W65 Organisation and Management of Construction; CIB W89 Building Education and Research; CIB W92 Procurement Systems; CIB W96 Architectural Management; CIB W102 Information and Knowledge Management in Building; CIB W117 Performance Measurement in Construction; CIB TG72 Public Private Partnerships; CIB TG81 Global Construction Data;  CIB TG83 eBusiness in Construction.

In order to deliver value, maintain competitiveness and address the needs of society, the construction industry will need to develop its capabilities for managing innovation and technical change. The 2014 CIB W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/81/83 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World will bring together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines to deal with the major challenges that construction professionals will be confronted with in the coming years.


CIB 2014 is taking place from 4 – 7 May 2014 at Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka. Heritance Kandalama is an architectural masterpiece by Geoffrey Bawa, built overlooking the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The hotel sits at the heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, close to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The hotel is 1km from end to end, and rises up seven floors, yet appears to be a perfectly natural extension of the mountainside. The flat roof and timber pillars support a screen of vegetation that attracts local wildlife. Heritance Kandalama has won more than 50 awards for its architecture, environmental policies, food and service. The hotel was the first Green Globe 21 certified hotel in Asia and, most recently, in June 2011, won the Gold Award for Built Environment in the prestigious Green Apple Awards.

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN  BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION (CIB)  was established in 1953 as an Association whose objectives were to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector, with an emphasis on those institutes engaged in technical fields of research.  CIB has since developed into a world wide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations active in the research community, in industry and/or in education.

The School of the Built Environment has been a leader in successfully organizing international conferences in the discipline. In 2010, it led the 2010 CIB World Congress is focused on “Building a Better World” under the leadership of SoBE”s Professor Peter Barrett.

The CIB2014 website provides more details on the conference.