This book explores innovation in the U.S. construction-related industries (i.e., design services, construction, building materials and products manufacture, and facilities operation and maintenance) and recommends a strategy for fostering new technology.
These industries account for about ten percent of the U.S. economy; federal agencies themselves spend some $15 billion annually on construction. A government strategy based on federal agencies that encourage applications of new technology for their own projects, activities to enhance the pursuit and effective transfer of new technology to the U.S. private sector, and increased support for targeted efforts to develop new technologies in specific areas will yield many benefits. These include better cost, quality, and performance in government facilities, generally improved quality of life, and enhanced U.S. industrial competitiveness in international markets.
Table of Contents
|2. New Building Technology, Innovation, and Government Interests||17-30|
|3. New Tecnnology and Innovation in the U.S. Building-Related Industries||31-46|
|4. What Should the Role of the Federal Government Be in Fostering New Building Technology?||47-56|
|5. Implementing an Effective Role||57-64|
|Appendix A: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff||65-68|
|Appendix B: Processes of Technological Innovation||69-80|
|Appendix C: Review of Specific Agencies' Stance Toward Building Innovation||81-86|
|Appendix D: Federal Laws and Regulations Related to Technological Innovation in Building||87-90|
|Appendix E: New Building Technology and Innovation: A Selective Review||91-100|
|Appendix F: Tort Law, Deterrence, and Innovation: Too Much or Too Little?||101-124|
|Appendix G: Points of Entry for Building Innovation||125-132|
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