Governance of performance of building services designers in design and build contracts

Francis W H Yik, Hung Kit Lai

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The work reported in the paper is a preliminary study for informing a conceived study that aims to enhance performance of building services design professionals in Hong Kong. The reasons for conducting such a study and for basing the study on design and build (DB) projects are explained in the paper. The preliminary findings suggest that factors that are conducive to better performance of building services designers in DB projects include: DB contractors' demand for high standards in schematic design for winning contracts by bidding; DB contractors' willingness to pay higher design fees; more stringent design-checking procedures; any design-related rework at the expense of contractor; higher level of design liability beyond reasonable skill and care; and more active participation by contractors in design management and services coordination. However, there are obstacles to wider adoption of DB in the Hong Kong construction industry, especially the regulatory control in force.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCME 2007 Conference - Construction Management and Economics
Subtitle of host publication'Past, Present and Future'
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event25th Inaugural Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future' Conference, CME 2007 - Reading, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Jul 200718 Jul 2007


Conference25th Inaugural Construction Management and Economics: 'Past, Present and Future' Conference, CME 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Building services designer
  • Design and build
  • Hong Kong
  • Liability
  • Performance governance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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