An Analysis on Promoting Prefabrication Implementation in Construction Industry towards Sustainability


As a game-changing technology with significant environmental, economic, and social benefits, prefabricated technology has attracted attention and has been increasingly adopted in the construction industry. Although multitudinous studies have investigated various aspects of prefabrication in construction, a thorough review of its current development state that synthesized environmental, economic, and social sustainability dimensions remains overdue. Therefore, this study aims to fill this research gap by constructing a systematic framework, analyzing the research status quos, and providing recommendations for future research. This study first conducted a holistic review of 768 references with NVivo. A research foci framework that represented the body of knowledge in prefabrication in construction was developed with five levels, which were advantages, hindrances, stakeholders, promotion policies, and strategy spectrum. Following the framework, the in-depth analyses from the perspectives of environmental, economic, social sustainability, technologies development, and promotion strategies were performed. The current research domains were further linked with potential research directions for promoting prefabricated construction towards sustainability. The study is of value in both offering references for policy formulation and stakeholder practice and providing recommendations for future research.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management
Additional Information: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/). Funding: This study was funded by the Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (Project Number: 2019.A6.143.19D) from the Policy Innovation and Co-ordination Office of The Government of HKSAR
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction management,NVivo,Prefabrication,Promotion policy,Sustainability,Pollution,Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health,Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Publication ISSN: 1660-4601
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 07:14
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2021 15:28
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-10-31
Accepted Date: 2021-10-28
Authors: Wu, Zezhou
Luo, Lirong
Li, Heng
Wang, Ying
Bi, Guoqiang
Antwi-Afari, Maxwell Fordjour (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6812-7839)



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