Start-Up Creation

Start-Up Creation

The Smart Eco-efficient Built Environment

2nd Edition - May 21, 2020

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  • Editors: Fernando Pacheco-Torgal, Erik Rasmussen, Claes G. Granqvist, Volodymyr Ivanov, Habil Kaklauskas, Stephen Makonin
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128199473
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128199466

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Start-up creation is the most distinctive feature of the entrepreneurial knowledge-based economy. It is also essential for economic growth and especially important in the current context of young graduate’s high unemployment rates that are expected to increase in the next few decades. There are other books on the creation of start-up companies, designed to be of value to academics wishing to exploit the commercial value of a new technology or business solution, but none of these existing titles focus on start-up creation in the construction industry. In the second edition of this extremely successful title the editors present a state-of-the-art review on advanced technologies, and their application in several areas of the built environment covering energy efficiency, structural performance, air and water quality to inspire the creation of start-up companies from university research. Part One begins with the key factors behind successful start-up companies from university research, including the development of a business plan, start-up financing, and the importance of intellectual property. Part Two focuses on the use of Big Data, Intelligent decision support systems, the Internet of Things and their use in the energy efficiency of the built environment. Finally, Part three is an entire new section that focuses on several smartphone applications for the smart built environment. While in the first edition the section concerning apps for smart buildings had just two chapters, one for app programming basics and a second a case study on building security in this second edition the core of the book is about app development that constitutes 50% of the book.

Key Features

  • Entire new section that was not available in the first edition on smart-phone applications and virtual assistance for infrastructure monitoring
  • Chapters on business plans, start-up financing and intellectual property have been brought fully up to date as well as algorithms, big data and the Internet of Things for eco-efficient smart buildings
  • Comprehensive guide to start-ups that arise from college and university research and how the application of advanced technology can be applied to the built environment


Researchers, civil engineers, graduate students, contractors and other professionals working and interested in the field of smart eco-efficient construction.
students in the field of civil engineering and architecture with entrepreneurial skills, but also from electronics/telecommunications/informatics, thanks to the larger space dedicated to apps development for smart houses; professionals from the same fields

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    2. Business plan for engineers
    3. Lean startup
    4. Startup financing
    5. Intellectual property

    6. Carbon sequestration on cement
    7. Carbon sequestration on alkali-activated mortars containing recycled aggregates
    8. Carbon sequestration on microalgae photobioreactor building integrated

    9. Intelligent decision support systems and IoT for the smart built environment
    10. IoT and cloud computing for building energy efficiency
    11. Development of algorithms for building energy efficiency
    12. Monitoring of indoor air quality

    13. Structural health monitoring
    14. Bridge health monitoring
    15. Monitoring urban noise

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2020
  • Published: May 21, 2020
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128199473
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128199466

About the Editors

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal

Fernando Pacheco-Torgal
Dr. F. Pacheco-Torgal is a principal investigator at the CTAC Research Unit, University of Minho, Portugal. He currently holds the title of Counsellor from the Portuguese Engineers Association and has authored more than 300 publications, 147 in Scopus and 125 in Web of Science. He is a member of the editorial board for 9 international journals, 5 referenced on Web of Science and two on Scopus. He has acted as a foreign expert in the evaluation of 18 PhD thesis. In the last 10 years he has been a Member of the Scientific Committee for almost 60 conferences most of them in Asian countries. He is also a grant assessor for several scientific institutions in 13 countries, UK, US, Netherlands, China, France, Australia, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Spain, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, UA. Emirates, and Poland. He has also been an invited reviewer for 125 international journals and has reviewed almost 1000 papers. He has been the lead editor of 22 books published by Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier, and Springer, 10 being on the Master Book List of Web of Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Investigator, C-TAC Research Centre, University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal.

Erik Rasmussen

Erik Stavnsager Rasmussen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. His research areas include international new ventures and born global firms.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Marketing and Management, International Business & Entrepreneurship, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Claes G. Granqvist

Claes G. Granqvist is Professor of Solid-State Physics at the Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden. His research is focused on optical and electrical properties of materials, especially thin films for energy efficiency and solar energy utilization. He has written numerous scientific publications, books and proceedings volumes and is a member of several academies and societies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Volodymyr Ivanov

Dr. Volodymyr Ivanov has more than 40 years of teaching and research experience on Environmental, Industrial, and Construction Microbiology and Biotechnology in the universities of Europe, Asia, and USA. He has authored 200 papers, patents, book chapters and 8 monographs. His textbook “Environmental Microbiology for Engineers”, Francis & Taylor, 1st (2010) and 2nd (2015) editions, has been adopted for graduate and post-graduate courses in many universities. His research experience includes the supervision and participation in numerous projects on biotechnologies with biofilms and biogranules, microbial transformations of iron, biocementation, bioclogging, bioremediation of soil, and microbiological monitoring of water quality.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Habil Kaklauskas

A. Kaklauskas is a professor at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, in Lithuania; Member of the Research Council of Lithuania; Member of the Science Europe working group on Data Sharing and Supporting Infrastructures; Head of the Department of Construction Management and Property; member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences; editor-in-chief of Journal of Civil Engineering and Management; editor of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence; and associate editor of Ecological Indicators. He contributed to nine Framework and five Horizon 2020 program projects and participated in over 30 other projects in the EU, US, Africa. and Asia. His publications include nine books and 150 papers. His areas of interest include affective computing; intelligent tutoring systems; affective intelligent tutoring systems; massive open online courses (MOOCS); affective internet of things; smart built environment; intelligent event prediction; opinion mining; intelligent decision support systems; life cycle analyses of built environments; big data and text analytics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Stephen Makonin

Dr. Stephen Makonin is a postdoctoral fellow in Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include data science, big data, computational sustainability, probabilistic modelling, disaggregation, and nonintrusive load monitoring (NILM). Other interests include open science; the making of hardware and software open source and the creation of public datasets.

Affiliations and Expertise

Simon Fraser University, Canada

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