Generating Value at Preconstruction: Minding the Gap in Lean Architectural Practice

Christy P. Gomez1, Ashwin Raut2 & Abdulazeez U. Raji3

1Assoc. Professor, Department of Construction Management, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia. 86400, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia, Phone +60125377247, cpgomez@uthm.edu.my
2Assoc. Professor, Department of Construction Management, PhD Student, Department of Technology Management, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, gp140048@siswa.uthm.edu.my
3PhD Student, Department of Technology Management, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, gp140062@siswa.uthm.edu.my

Abstract

Thermal comfort is one of the aspects of building performance which is primarily influenced by the building envelope, a primary concern in passive design strategies for buildings. A pilot study towards green value generation is being undertaken as a form of lean architectural practice using a design science approach along with the traditional production science mode. The role of the architectural technologist currently is not conceived within the value chain of the architectural practice in Malaysia. This paper focuses on the aspect of developing a sustainable hybrid wall material aimed at increasing the indoor air comfort levels in low-cost terrace housing (LCTH) in Malaysia, particularly in terms of thermal comfort. The concept of green is conceived within the enviropreneurial value chain leading to a reduction of cost - a primary concern of LCTH. The analytical device of “competency” is used to realize enhanced value generation for sustainability attainment, viewed as an expanded notion of production within building design. This situated practice of the researcher in the role of a Lean Architectural Technologist in the pilot study is conceived as being able to address the missing gap within Lean Sustainability Attainment initiatives.

Keywords

Thermal comfort, learn architectural practice, building envelope, value generation.

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Gomez, C.P. , Raut, A. & Raji, A.U. 2015, 'Generating Value at Preconstruction: Minding the Gap in Lean Architectural Practice' In:, Seppänen, O., González, V.A. & Arroyo, P., 23rd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Perth, Australia, 29-31 Jul 2015. pp 846-855

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