A study on the external stone cladding system in production and installation stages: The case of Hong Kong

Chun Fai Yiu, Yoo Jun Kim, Woonseong Jeong, Hung Lin Chi, Min Koo Kim

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The successful quality management of the external stone cladding system in production and installation stages is of vital importance to ensure the high quality of the completed system. Nevertheless, little research has been conducted in this area. This research aimed to report the current status of the external stone cladding system in the production and installation stages in Hong Kong. To do so, this paper examines its current practices and major issues occurred through case studies, questionnaire surveys, and interviews. The results revealed the insufficiency in control mechanism and quality control in the system in Hong Kong. Furthermore, the factors to ensure the quality of the two stages were determined. Lastly, this research suggested recommendations on the possible measures to improve the system quality: pre-testing of stone materials and anchorage system, quality assurance of suppliers and manufacturers, regular inspections and audits on production, and continuous site quality supervision and checklist. The findings and outcomes of the research could lead to actions to guarantee steady quality for the stone cladding façade.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8207
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2020


  • Hong Kong
  • Production and installation stages
  • Quality control
  • Stone cladding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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