Exploring the Feasibility of Constructing Recyclable Prefabricated Buildings to Expedite Sustainable Urbanisation in Developing Countries

Qiaopeng Xie, Hung lin Chi

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Prefabricated buildings have been intensively studied for its multiple virtues, probably to become the main architectural form in the future. However, though prefabricated buildings have attracted enormous interest in the energy-saving field for its pollution reduction action, its contribution is paltry when compared to the great amount of waste produced in construction, demolition or reconstruction stage. The idea of constructing buildings with recyclable materials may provide a new train of thought. Current application of using recyclable materials to construct prefabricated buildings is still in the exploratory stage. The corresponding researches are also rare, especially in developing countries. Literature review and qualitative methods were adopted in this study to discuss whether the idea is conducive to facilitate the implementation of sustainable urbanisation, and consider another alternative—Additive manufacturing (AM) technology. This paper is expected to contribute to the data transformation of the construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Resource Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationSustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era (icRS Urbanisation 2020) -
EditorsFaith Ka Chan, Hing Kai Chan, Tiantian Zhang, Ming Xu
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789811596049
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Resource Sustainability - Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era, icRS Urbanisation 2020 - Ningbo, China
Duration: 13 Dec 202015 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Science and Engineering
ISSN (Print)1863-5520
ISSN (Electronic)1863-5539


ConferenceInternational Conference on Resource Sustainability - Sustainable Urbanisation in the BRI Era, icRS Urbanisation 2020


  • Modular buildings
  • Prefabricated buildings
  • Recyclable materials
  • Sustainable development
  • Urbanisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Systems

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