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Program of the Subcommittee on Construction and Building.

pdf icon Program of the Subcommittee on Construction and Building. (1649 K)
Wright, R. N.; Rosenfeld, A. H.; Fowell, A. J.

NISTIR 5443-A; 41 p. July 1994.


Department of Energy, Washington, DC

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB94-193646


construction; safety; building construction; industries; CCIT; government; industry


The President has established the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), a cabinet-level group charged with setting Federal science and technology policy, to coordinate and prioritize R&D and deployment strategies across a broad cross-section of public and private interests. It has established nine research and development committees, including the Committee on Civilian Industrial Technology (CCIT) to collaborate with the private sector in developing a comprehensive national technology policy. The purpose of CCIT is to enhance the international competitiveness of U.S. industry through Federal technology policies and programs. The Subcommittee on Construction and Building coordinate and defines priorities for Federal research, development and deployment related to the industries that produce, operate and maintain constructed facilities, including buildings and infrastructure. The Subcommittee on Construction and Building has studied research priorities including those expressed by the construction industry and defined two priority thrusts: better constructed facilities and health and safety of the construction workforce. Goals for Better Constructed Facilities are: 50% reduction in delivery time, 50% reduction in costs of operation and maintenance, 30% increase in productivity and comfort, 50% fewer occupant related illnesses and injuries, 50% less waste and pollution, and 50% more durable and flexible. The goal for Health and Safety of Construction Workforce is a 50% reduction in job related illnesses and injuries. These goals will be achieved with improved housing affordability, and where possible with reduced construction, operation and maintenance costs (both initial and life cycle). The baseline for the improvements is today's business practices.