Life cycle design and prefabrication in buildings : A review and case studies in Hong Kong
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|Journal / Publication||Automation in Construction|
|Online published||9 Oct 2013|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2014|
|Link to Scopus||https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-84894906182&origin=recordpage|
Prefabrication has been increasingly used in buildings. It is recognised as a solution to reduce waste arising during design and construction phases. However, there is little emphasis on life cycle design issues for prefabricated buildings located in dense high-rise building environments. The purpose of this paper is to review the application and identify benefits and impediments of design for deconstruction and Industrialised, Flexible and Demountable building systems when applied to precast concrete construction. The paper presents the results of a comprehensive literature review, and two case studies of recently completed institutional buildings using prefabrication. The literature review shows that, so far, design for deconstruction is not a common practice in the building industry. The case studies showed some limitations such as the dense urban environment conditions and limited site area. The promotion of a closed-loop material cycle is critical to contribute to sustainability thus minimising CO2 emissions, natural resources consumption.
- Design for deconstruction, High-rise buildings, Hong Kong, Life cycle design, Prefabrication
Automation in Construction, Vol. 39, 01.04.2014, p. 195-202.
Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62) › 21_Publication in refereed journal
Jaillon, L & Poon, CS 2014, 'Life cycle design and prefabrication in buildings: A review and case studies in Hong Kong', Automation in Construction, vol. 39, pp. 195-202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2013.09.006