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Development of Sustainable Building Design in Hong Kong: Exploring Lean Capabilities

Lam, Edmond; Chan, Albert; Olawumi, Timothy; Wong, Irene; Kazeem, Kayode


Edmond Lam

Albert Chan

Irene Wong

Kayode Kazeem


When a building design fails to meet the end-users' requirements after construction, it is regarded as a faulty design. Faulty designs often lead to renovation, demolition, and material waste. The need to implement innovative tools and systems that continuously provide designers with the end-users' design requirements and feedback in the built environment cannot be ignored. This study explores the potentiality of implementing a Lean Premise Design (LPD) scheme in Hong Kong to facilitate sustainability practices, ensure energy conservation, promote innovative green technologies and water efficiency, and reduce abortive works in high- rise residential (HRR) buildings. A comprehensive review of literature on concepts similar to the LPD scheme and sustainability practices in the design and development of high-rise buildings was undertaken. In addition, interviews were adopted to validate the identified barriers and drivers to the LPD scheme. These facilitated the identification of perceived barriers to the LPD scheme adoption in the local context. Furthermore, the relevant drivers that can promote its implementation were examined. The study focused on sustainable building design relating to users' behaviour patterns and expectations, social needs, green maintenance technologies, and government initiatives. About 77% of the experts affirmed the availability of comprehensive building codes and guidelines. Nevertheless, 62% of the experts confirmed the insufficiency of the current regulations to promote sustainable building design. Similarly, the literature review revealed that while there are many sustainable concepts in the development of high-rise buildings, little or none of these concepts focused on LPD.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name WATEFCON2022: Water Resources Resilience for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Start Date Dec 14, 2022
End Date Dec 16, 2022
Acceptance Date Aug 10, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 14, 2022
Publication Date Dec 14, 2022
Deposit Date Mar 6, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 6, 2023
Pages 160-169
Book Title Proceedings of the 7th Water Efficiency Conference 2022
ISBN 978-0-86197-205-0
Keywords High-rise buildings; Lean Premise Design; Residential buildings; Sustainability; Waste; Hong Kong
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