Irene Lill

Irene Lill
Tallinn University of Technology | TTU · Department of Building Production

PhD

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September 2005 - present
Tallinn University of Technology
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  • Professor; Head of Department

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Publications (77)
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With the recent technological advancement in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry, building control authorities in a number of countries are trying to integrate BIM into their building permit processes. Nevertheless, considering the involvement of multiple stakeholders and contexts, adopting BIM in any organization is chal...
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Digitalization of the AEC-FM industry has resulted in the reassessment of knowledge, knowledge management, teaching and learning, workflows and networks, roles, and relevance. Consequently, new approaches to teaching and learning to meet the demands of new jobs and abilities, new channels of communication, and a new awareness are required. Building...
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Public organizations responsible for building permits are increasingly considering the potential applications of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in their workflows, but BIM adoption still remains a complex challenge. This research aims to investigate the factors affecting BIM adoption for building permits through a case study of a public organ...
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This research explores the practical feasibility and effectiveness of BIM-enabled education in teaching the topic of project cash flows to construction management students. Using a participatory action research methodology, a BIM-enabled cash flow exercise was developed, carried out and refined in a construction investment course to simulate integr...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the formal procedures for international research collaborations and other interpersonal knowledge sharing practices. COVID-19 restrictions are largely affecting the way of conducting the usual project and research activities. The advice of health authorities is to find an alternative method for these...
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The evaluation of engineering education interventions is important to gauge their impact and whether they achieve their intended objectives. Building Information Modelling (BIM) educational interventions are increasingly common at universities globally and their implementation is often accompanied by ad hoc evaluation practices and sometimes little...
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Digitalization is driving changes in the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate (AEC+ RE) industry and a central feature of this digital transformation is Building Information Modelling (BIM) which refers to the integrated digital representation of all building-related information. A BIM-enabled Learning Environment (BLE) aimed at...
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Various research prove that happy nations are prosperous in numerous areas containing GDP, productivity, social support and inclusion, health, lower corruption and environmental sustainability. The analysis in this multicriteria study covers the environmental sustainability, success and happiness trends in Asian nations during a 25-year time span....
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BIM adoption is a complex process and relatively little information exists on the BIM adoption processes of public authorities. This research aims to address this gap by examining how a contemporary public authority is approaching BIM adoption for their building permitting process. Firstly, a systematic literature review was carried out to understa...
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Digitalisation of the construction industry is both driving changes in construction education to meet emerging industry needs and providing opportunities for new delivery approaches. Universities are responding to these challenges in diverse ways including in their use of Building Information Modelling for construction education (BfCE). This resear...
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has been becoming more and more popular lately in all areas of people's lives and their activities. The IoT assists in accumulating more and more accurate quantitative and qualitative data. A greater and more accurate amount of data allows for performing a deeper multiple criteria analysis and making decisions that are...
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Purpose – Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a revolutionary innovation in the construction industry to virtually design and manage projects throughout the building lifecycle. Although Estonia is one of the foremost countries in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, BIM adoption in the Estonian construction industry is sti...
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Purpose-This article's purpose is to develop The Model for Smart, Self-learning and Adaptive Resilience Building (SARB). Design/Methodology/Approach-Products and patents of methods and systems analysis was carried out in the fields of BIM application, Smart, Self-learning and Adaptive Resilience Building. Based on other researchers' findings, The S...
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The systematic inadequacies of the External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS), which occur during the construction phase, increase the financial risk for stakeholders, while reducing the long-term durability of the facade. The economic effect of on-site shortcomings can be reduced if the most significant on-site activities are recognised....
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The systematic inadequacies of the External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS), which occur during the construction phase, increase the financial risk for stakeholders, while reducing the long-term durability of the facade. The economic effect of on-site shortcomings can be reduced if the most significant on-site activities are recognised....
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Despite an international consensus for housing to be "built back better" (BBB) following disasters, and the considerable resources expended on reconstruction efforts globally, the management of post-disaster housing reconstruction programmes often leaves much to be desired. This research presents a framework for the management of post-disaster hous...
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„Energetically and ecologically sustainable, affordable and healthy built environment” International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 22(4), p. 234-235.
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Housing is one of the most important public priorities affecting urban development and therefore has a significant impact on sustainable development. A housing project can be regarded as sustainable only when all the dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic, and social) are dealt with. The aim of the present article is to propose an in...
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Following major disasters, stakeholders appropriate substantial resources for permanent housing reconstruction to mitigate disaster risk and to facilitate sustainable community resilience to disasters. Many stakeholders have, however, identified permanent housing reconstruction as one of the least successful humanitarian interventions as many housi...
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Following the increasing occurrence of large-scale disasters, several permanent housing reconstruction programmes have been initiated particularly in developing countries. However, stakeholders within the international development and humanitarian sector have identified permanent housing intervention as ineffective and one of the least successful s...
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The Asian countries (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh) in the ASCENT project have an unequally spread out and restricted RTD ability. An interactive and cooperative university - industry partnership can increase the quality of life and reduce the risk of disaster. Here the fields where universities consider the involvement of industry are recognized...
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The United Nations’ Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030 specifically calls for "multi hazard and solution-driven research in disaster risk management to address gaps, obstacles, interdependencies and social, economic, educational and environmental challenges and disaster risks". The Advancing Skill Creation to ENhance Tra...
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Sustainable development is inconceivable without healthy real estate market. A housing project can be regarded as sustainable only when all the dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic, and social) are dealt with. There has been an increased interest in using sustainability indicators for evaluating the impacts of the new development p...
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Sustainable development is inconceivable without healthy real estate market. A housing project can be regarded as sustainable only when all the dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic, and social) are dealt with. There has been an increased interest in using sustainability indicators for evaluating the impacts of the new development p...
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Refurbishment of the building façades of residential buildings, including insulation, is often considered as the most energy efficient renovation measure with the largest potential. One of the solutions to increase energy efficiency is the selection of the appropriate insulation materials of the external walls. The article proposes the approach for...
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After large scale disasters, reconstruction is often initiated by stakeholders to minimize disaster impacts and to mitigate a recurrence. For most reconstruction programmes, priority is given to reconstruction of permanent housing in consideration of the multiplying effects of housing reconstruction on social and economic recovery and the developme...
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The effects of disasters on the built environment go beyond physical destruction of buildings and infrastructure. This research considers the built environment from a systems perspective at the city scale to enable an examination of disaster impacts including not only damage to physical assets but also the disruption of flows and the spatial redist...
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European climate strategy foresees measures to increase energy efficiency, competitiveness and the energy security of Europe by decreasing energy consumption. As buildings are responsible for 40% of the total energy consumption in the European Union, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive sets energy consumption reduction targets for the mem...
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"Guest Editorial ‘Investment in disaster resilience in the built environment’."International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 20(3), p. 221-223
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Due to European climate strategy (Horizon 2020), requirements for energy efficiency have become stricter and a considerable proportion of buildings cannot fulfil these terms. This paper focuses on housing stock in residential areas in Estonia that is nearing the end of its service life and has recently been renovated with ETICS (External Thermal In...
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The recently agreed Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 calls for reducing the exposure and vulnerability of communities and thus preventing the creation of new disaster risks. It specifically identifies the need to use post-disaster reconstruction to "Build Back Better" and thus emphasizes the strategic importance of housing rec...
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The built environment must adapt to a rapidly changing context and, since buildings have relatively long lives, this must primarily be achieved through retrofitting the existing building stock rather than by replacing it. We therefore need robust approaches to evaluating the cost-effectiveness of retrofit investments.Some guidance for performing in...
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Developing a more energy efficient building stock is the focus of the European energy policies. Much of the required reduction in energy consumption needs to be achieved through the renovation of existing buildings. The External Thermal Insulation Composite System (ETICS) is widely used for the reconstruction of apartment building facades to improv...
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The built environment is becoming progressively more complex and dynamic. These changes impose growing challenges on construction professionals in terms of disaster risk reduction. Construction innovations also have the potential to positively contribute to promoting disaster resilience and mitigating climate change. This initial investigation of t...
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Purpose – Due to the complexities involved in disasters and due to the peculiar nature of post-disaster reconstruction, built environment professionals require continuous updating of their skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to disaster resilience. The purpose of this paper is to identify the ways in which higher education institutions (...
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A disaster resilience education and research roadmap for Europe 2030 has been launched. This roadmap represents an important output of the ANDROID disaster resilience network, bringing together existing literature in the field, as well as the results of various analysis and study projects undertaken by project partners. The roadmap sets out five k...
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The aim of this research is to assess the sustainability of the Estonian housing market, which is characterized as owner-occupied, in comparison with other EU countries in the light of different socio-economic indicators. For this purpose a method of Multiple Criteria Complex Proportional Evaluation (COPRAS) was used. In order to perform integrated...
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A range of various thermometers and similar scales are employed in different human and resilience management activities: Distress Thermometer, Panic Thermometer, Fear Thermometer, fire danger rating, hurricane scales, earthquake scales (Richter Magnitude Scale, Mercalli Scale), Anxiety Thermometer, Help Thermometer, Problem Thermometer, Emotion The...
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Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings offer one way to reduce energy use in the built environment and thus contribute to mitigating global climate change. This paper is focused on analyzing the reasons for degradation of External Insulation Composite system facades in order to develop sustainable and cost-effective solutions for dwelling stock renovation. W...
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Most advanced text analytics and text mining tasks include text classification, text clustering, building ontology, concept/entity extraction, summarization, deriving patterns within the structured data, production of granular taxonomies, sentiment and emotion analysis, document summarization, entity relation modelling, interpretation of the output...
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According to the requirements of the energy efficiency of buildings, old storey house façade renovation installing new external thermal insulation composition system (ETICS) has been the primary focus in Northern and East Europe in the past 10 years. This paper will compare different contemporary insulation materials with different moisture content...
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According to the requirements of the energy efficiency of buildings, old storey house façade renovation installing new external thermal insulation composition system (ETICS) has been the primary focus in Northern and East Europe in the past 10 years. This paper will compare different contemporary insulation materials with different moisture content...
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The construction industry is central to the promotion of disaster resilience through building procurement, design, construction, etc. It plays a key role in responding to disasters - dealing with collapsed and damaged buildings and infrastructure and providing temporary shelter and services to affected communities - and also in post-disaster recons...
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The aim of this paper is to compare housing markets of selected European countries: the Baltic States, Spain and industrialized European countries with special reference to Estonia. The ranking of selected countries is based on concerns about the excessive home ownership which evidently is not consistent with economic development and acts as a barr...
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This paper presents research addressing the problems of the Estonian housing market which is characterized as owner occupied. The aim of the research is to find the possible ways and policies to avoid housing,, bubbles" and warning signals of their occurrences. The paper is divided into sections: after a brief introduction it focuses on the problem...
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„Strategies to address gaps in the supply and demand of skills and knowledge in built environment-related disciplines" International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 17(2), p. 111-113
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Recent reports suggest that even the current industry skills needs are not being adequately met with graduate capabilities falling short of industry expectations. If higher education institutions (HEIs) are to respond effectively to the current and future challenges, a robust conceptual appreciation of the education-industry skills context is requi...
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Guidance for using equipment in every phase of use: working, starting, stopping, installing, maintaining, cleaning, etc. are the subject of this chapter. Special attention is given to safety in use. Special requirements for working at height and for working with flammable and explosive materials are described.
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The main goal of planning the construction site and temporary works at this stage is to prepare a profitable bid on the basis of the bidding documentation (the initial data described in Chapter 1) and the resources of the construction enterprise. The documents and calculations which are described in this chapter are self-explanatory (schemes of pro...
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Methods for the selection and positioning of tower and mobile cranes taking the parameters of mounting elements and construction site restrictions into account are presented. Principles of calculations of mounting parameters, different impact and danger areas, but also possibilities of simultaneous work for multiple cranes, are described.
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The chapter describes the distribution of responsibility between the owner, client, contractor and labourer and what is necessary to do so that the distribution works. The requirements necessary to fulfil in the working zone, special conditions for working at height, on assembly works, working underground and on demolition works are also discussed.
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The aim is to give a definite code of practice for the preparation of the construction site and the execution of construction work on the site. This chapter explains which objects must be described on the site layout (or layouts for different stages of building erection in the case of large buildings) rationally using the space of the site in all d...
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Possibilities for storage and environmental conditions, calculation methods for temporary buildings, requirements for electricity, water, heating and lightning, site roads and fencing, etc. are described. The presented methods are based on engineering methods, safety at work norms and experience.
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Allowable risks depending on age and sex, labourers’ non-work rooms, hygiene and first-aid are the subject of this chapter.
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This chapter describes which design and contract documents are necessary for engineering, preparation of the site plan, planning the temporary works, formulating the bid price and estimating the possible duration of construction taking into account that costs of temporary works can make up 10% of total costs. The importance of the site inspection i...
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There is not a single definition/explanation about market-orientation education. Two opposite definitions/explanations of pure market-oriented education (Cato, 2010) and social-market-oriented education (Amaratunga, 2009) are provided in the paper. Integrated multiple criteria analysis at the micro-, meso- and macro-levels are needed to increase ef...
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The lifelong learning concept has been at the centre of many national education reforms in the past decade and higher education policy has been considerably shaped by it. At a policy level, a simple, elegant vision of integration and mutual dependence between learners, industry and higher education institutions is prescribed. When investigated in m...
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The right sequence of construction works and their positioning in time-schedule are unavoidable prerequisites for a high-quality construction process. Often a prepared schedule has serious problems in ignoring the necessary technological sequence of works or, if the technological order is correct, due to a lack of flexibility in case of any unpredi...
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This paper presents research addressing the relationships between the housing market and macroeconomics to provide the basis for a housing price formation model. The paper is divided into four sections: after a brief discussion of the research problem it focuses on the issues of housing market influences on the economy, differing academic perspecti...
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The problem is how to define the life cycle of an efficient construction manager when a lot of various stakeholders are involved in his activities, when alternative versions of construction management come to hundreds of thousands and when the efficiency changes with the alterations in the personality traits, the micro, meso and macro conditions an...
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A mismatch between graduates' competences and labour market skills requirements has been identified as one of the main factors behind graduate unemployment and employer dissatisfaction in the construction industry. Typically, higher education institutions (HEIs) are engaged with students for only the duration of their study programmes and course de...
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The problem is how to define the life cycle of an efficient construction manager when a lot of various stakeholders are involved in his activities, when alternative versions of construction management come to hundreds of thousands and when the efficiency changes with the alterations in the personality traits, the micro, meso and macro conditions an...
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The built environment is significantly affected by disasters. Firstly, built facilities are expected to withstand such situations. Secondly, the construction industry is expected to play a pivotal role in reconstruction of damaged property & infrastructure. Such responses also call for technological and managerial innovation. Therefore it is import...
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After years of prosperity the construction industry is facing the current recession. This severely affects both construction companies and the workforce employed by them. The lack of skilled labour has always influenced construction outcomes, but, in the current economic environment, the problem is becoming more acute. The growth of unemployment am...