The evolution of prefabricated residential building systems in Hong Kong: A review of the public and the private sector

Lara Jaillon, Chi Sun Poon

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Prefabricated building components have been adopted in Hong Kong for over two decades for high-rise buildings. In the public sector, prefabrication together with standard modular design was introduced in the Housing Authority's public housing projects in the mid-1980s. Over the years, precasting techniques have significantly evolved in public housing projects. In contrast, prefabrication has only recently been adopted in the private sector. The aim of this paper is to examine the evolution of precasting technology in high-rise residential developments in Hong Kong, and then explore the technological influences in both sectors. A database of 179 prefabricated residential buildings was developed and detailed case studies of five residential developments were conducted. The findings revealed that a greater extent of prefabrication use over the years, in terms of precasting percentage by volume and types of precast elements utilised. Major prefabrication innovations, in both sectors, influenced the technological advancement in prefabrication in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-248
Number of pages10
JournalAutomation in Construction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009


  • Evolution
  • High-rise building
  • Hong Kong
  • Innovation
  • Precast construction
  • Prefabrication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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