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Sustainability concepts in global high-rise residential buildings: a scientometric and systematic review

Lam, Edmond Wai-Ming; Chan, Albert P.C.; Olawumi, Timothy O.; Wong, Irene; Kazeem, Kayode Olatunji


Edmond Wai-Ming Lam

Albert P.C. Chan

Irene Wong

Kayode Olatunji Kazeem


Sustainability has been the subject of several scientific investigations. Many researchers in the construction industry have also examined a range of sustainability-related studies. However, few studies have thoroughly reviewed implementing sustainability concepts in high-rise residential buildings (HRRBs).

By adopting scientometrics and systematic review (SR), this study seeks to map out recent sustainability trends and concepts in the design, development and operation of HRRBs worldwide and in Hong Kong. With a focus on bibliographic records from the Web of Science (WoS) database, 1,395 journal articles from 2013 to 2022 were analysed. Furthermore, thirteen studies were systematically reviewed.

The SR indicated that sustainable practices in developing Hong Kong's HRRBs emphasised zero-carbon buildings, reduced energy usage and energy-efficient retrofitting. Likewise, terms such as BIM, urban density, life cycle assessment and system dynamics are strongly connected with clusters that include “residential buildings”, “high-rise buildings” and “high-rise residential buildings”. The study identified significant themes in establishing HRRBs by combining sustainable practices, emphasising urban governance and policy management, building performance and thermal comfort, energy and design optimisation, occupant behaviour and sensitivity analysis. Core sustainability ideas have improved resource management, air quality management and knowledge of user behaviour in HRRBs.

The study allows researchers and practitioners to explore future research directions in the built environment per the application of sustainable concepts in the development of HRRBs from design, construction and post-construction phases.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 9, 2023
Online Publication Date Oct 31, 2023
Publication Date 2024-02
Deposit Date Nov 5, 2023
Publicly Available Date Nov 6, 2023
Print ISSN 2046-6099
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 425-443
Keywords Urban Studies; Building and Construction; Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; Civil and Structural Engineering; Architecture; Cultural Studies
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