Building Lifecycle Research Group
The Building Lifecycle Research Group approaches the building lifecycle as a whole, integrating the construction process and its outcomes with management strategies, technologies, building materials, economics and facilities management. Recent research has included:
- Multi-attribute decision making methods for the assessment of different management strategies;
- Developing and providing BIM-related know-how;
- Different aspects of construction economics and management in the major fields of civil engineering;
- Surveys on the building life cycle and technical conditions of housing;
- Disaster resilience of built environment;
- Educational aspects of civil engineering, etc.
- Regulation of construction activities and creation of normative materials and standards for the Estonian construction industry;
- Utilization of oil shale ash in the production of building materials;
- Utilization of oil shale mining waste materials in concrete;
- Energy saving and the renovation of buildings.
The Research and Testing Laboratory of Building Materials has certified testing personnel, standards, methods and equipment for the evaluation of conformity for various building products: cement, mortar, grout and concrete products and products from natural and artefact stones and insulation materials. Research involves the following studies:
- Main characteristics of binders or binder constituents based on oil shale ashes from electrostatic precipitator systems;
- Basics of new utilization processes for oil shale combustion solid wastes;
- Low strength backfilling concrete based on the residues of oil shale processing;
- Frost resistance of various concretes and comparison of their test methods;
- Building properties of chemically treated timber;
- Durability characteristics (vapour and water migration) of facade systems, thermal insulation and external facade coverings.