University of Alberta

Welcome to the website for the NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in the
Industrialization of Building Construction,
which is housed within the University of Alberta's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The Chair's research program focuses on industrializing and modernizing the construction process. This involves transferring onsite construction activities into offsite facilities in which construction tasks can be automated, regulated, and tightly controlled within a climate-controlled environment. The transition to industrialized construction improves quality, boosts efficiency and productivity, enhances the health and safety of workers, reduces costs, and reduces the environmental footprint of construction.

The Chairholder, Mohamed Al-Hussein, is a Professor at the University of Alberta's Hole School of Construction Engineering. He is a highly sought researcher with expertise in the following areas:

  • modular and offsite construction,

  • lean manufacturing,

  • construction process improvement,

  • CO2 emission quantification and reduction, and

  • building information modelling (BIM).

Dr. Al-Hussein has been published in well over 350 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals and conference proceedings.

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Industrialization of Building Construction is featured in this video produced by the Faculty of Engineering

Media Feature

Dr. Al-Hussein was interviewed in a feature story about modular construction on CBC Radio's Edmonton AM program in September 2019. Use the audio player to listen to the story.

CBC Radio Story, Edmonton AM, Modular Housing.mp3