Best practice of prefabrication implementation in the Hong Kong public and private sectors

Vivian W.Y. Tam, Ivan W.H. Fung, Chun Pong Sing, Stephen O. Ogunlana

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Prefabrication has been developed since the 1970s. The technologies have been further developed and improved for the past thirty years. The successful implementation of quality control and construction efficiency has been addressed with support from the public sector. The technologies however did not receive attention from the private sector since prefabrication requires dimensional coordination and standardization in the designs. This situation has changed from 2002 as the Hong Kong government promotes incentives schemes, i.e. gross floor area concessions for private developers to encourage them to adopt prefabrication techniques. This paper discusses and evaluates the best practice of prefabrication implementation in the Hong Kong public and private sectors using two leading case studies. Their adoption of prefabrication, construction methods and cost effectiveness are investigated. Discussions on effective implementation for the sectors have also been explored. The findings provide ameliorated understanding on the best practice of the implementation of prefabrication and provide courage for further improvement and implementation for the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-231
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction
  • Hong Kong
  • Prefabrication
  • Quality control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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