Comparison of low-waste building technologies adopted in public and private housing projects in Hong Kong

Chi Sun Poon, Tit Wan Yu, L. H. Ng

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Hong Kong is running out of both reclamation sites and landfill space for the disposal of construction and demolition waste. This paper reports on the findings of a study, consisting of a questionnaire survey, interviews and work-site visits, to compare the use of low-waste building technologies in public housing and private residential projects in Hong Kong. The results show that large panel formwork and prefabricated building components are widely used in public housing projects in Hong Kong. Due to the difference of the design with public housing, the use of smaller aluminium panel formwork is more common in the private housing projects. The barriers for the adoption of low-waste building technologies in the private sector are identified and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-98
Number of pages11
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003


  • Building materials
  • Construction industry
  • Demolition
  • Hong Kong
  • Recycling
  • Waste disposal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)

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