The work described in this paper forms part of the final stage of a PhD research aimed to widely visualise Value in the construction industry. In this way, a conceptual model was proposed to visualise the return of Value from the construction industry over society and the legacy of this sector for future generations. The First and Last Value model—F&LVM— includes the delivery of Value spans across two different contexts: First context refers to Value delivery for the cure of environmental & social issues (First Value), and Last context deals with Value delivery at production level, linked to transformation activities or what needs to be done – the work (Last Value). This paper aims at underlining the potential of Lean Thinking for addressing environmental issues, where sustainable practices are proposed as a first level strategy of current Lean Construction practices. Additionally, it is proposed that Society depends on construction industry outputs and that it should be considered in addition to particular interests, if the potential of the construction industry is to be fulfilled.
Salvatierra-Garrido, J. & Pasquire, C. 2011, 'The First and Last Value Model: Sustainability as a First Value Delivery of Lean Construction Practice' In:, Rooke, J. & Dave, B., 19th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Lima, Peru, 13-15 Jul 2011.