Sustainability factors in industrialised building system

Yunus, Riduan and Yang, Jay and Too, Eric (2011) Sustainability factors in industrialised building system. In: World Sustainable Building Conference (SB11): Sharing Knowledge to Improve Life for all, 18-21 Oct 2011, Helsinki, Finland.

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Abstract

In Malaysia, Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) are being promoted as a potential to enhance sustainability by the building industry and government. Known elsewhere as prefabricated con-struction, IBS employs a combination of ready-made components in the construction of buildings that promote quality of production, enhance simplification of construction processes and minimise on-site work. The components are manufactured in a factory either on or off site. They are then positioned and assembled into building structures. The unique characteristic of IBS has the poten-tial to respond well to the sustainability challenge facing the construction industry. Despite the promises however, IBS has yet to be effectively implemented in Malaysia. There are often miscon-ceptions among key stakeholders about IBS applications and some of the rating schemes fail to assess IBS towards sustainability deliverables.

A holistic approach to improving IBS implementation is necessary to consider sustainability per-ceptions on IBS among key stakeholders. As IBS design is one of the most important development phases to incorporate sustainability requirements and expectations, a framework of embedding sustainability factors into IBS design is being developed through research. This paper presents an improved IBS design process focused on sustainability, showing where and how sustainability should be assessed to improve IBS construction. The framework being developed can provide guidance and decision making assistance to not only design consultants but all relevant stakehol-ders by integrating sustainability concepts into IBS applications. Outcome of the research will also provide a benchmark for developing countries in adopting prefabricated construction systems.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 23:14
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 04:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainability; design; industrial building system; stakeholder
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120202 Building Science and Techniques
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870203 Industrial Construction Design
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21451

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