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Design issues of using prefabrication in Hong Kong building construction


  • Lara Jaillon
  • Chi-Sun Poon


Prefabrication techniques have been adopted for the last two decades in public housing projects in Hong Kong, but the use of prefabrication in the private sector was encouraged only after the implementation of the Joint Practices Notes which promote its use. Although previous studies acknowledge the environmental benefits of using prefabrication, only a few studies have addressed sustainable design concepts (closed-loop) in the adoption of precast construction. A questionnaire survey was administered to experienced Hong Kong construction professionals, and case studies of recently completed building projects were compiled to ascertain the use of prefabrication with reference to life cycle approach. The findings revealed that prefabrication, combined with modular design and standard components, saved time and construction/design costs, as buildings systems were used across projects. However, in some projects, specific site conditions restricted the use of similar prefabricated building systems across projects. Surprisingly only a few participants addressed life cycle design concepts such as design for deconstruction when adopting precast construction. Also, although it is common knowledge that flexible and demountable prefabricated building systems would result in efficient use of resources, their use is seldom practised in Hong Kong.

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  • Lara Jaillon & Chi-Sun Poon, 2010. "Design issues of using prefabrication in Hong Kong building construction," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(10), pages 1025-1042.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:28:y:2010:i:10:p:1025-1042
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2010.498481

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    1. Kamali, Mohammad & Hewage, Kasun, 2016. "Life cycle performance of modular buildings: A critical review," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 1171-1183.


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