Improving ecological performance of industrialized building systems in Malaysia

Yunus, Riduan & Yang, Jay (2014) Improving ecological performance of industrialized building systems in Malaysia. Construction Management and Economics, 32(1-2), pp. 183-195.

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For construction stakeholders to fully embrace sustainability, its long-term benefits and associated risks need to be identified through holistic approaches. Consensus among key stakeholders is very important to the improvement of the ecological performance of industrialized building systems (IBS), a building construction method gaining momentum in Malaysia. A questionnaire survey examines the relative significance of 16 potentially important sustainability factors for IBS applications. To present possible solutions,semi-structured interviews solicit views from experienced IBS practitioners, representing the professions involved. Three most critical factors agreed by key stakeholders are material consumption, waste generation and waste disposal. Using SWOT analysis, the positive and negative aspects of these factors are investigated, with action plans formulated for IBS design practitioners. The SWOT analysis based guidelines have the potential to become part of IBS design briefing documents against which sustainability solutions are contemplated, selected and implemented. Existing knowledge on ecological performance issues is extended by considering the unique characteristics of IBS and identifying not only the benefits, but also the potential risks and challenges of pursuing sustainability. This is largely missing in previous research efforts. Findings to date focus on providing much-needed assistance to IBS designers, who are at the forefront of decision-making with a significant level of project influence. Ongoing work will be directed towards other project development phases and consider the inherent linkage between design decisions and subsequent sustainability deliverables in the project life cycle.

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ID Code: 62626
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Industrialized building system, Decision support, Ecological, Malaysia, Sustainability
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2013.825373
ISSN: 0144-6193
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Construction Management and Economics on 20 Aug 2013, available online at:
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2013 06:33
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 17:02

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