Contribution of the Principles of Lean Construction to Meet the Challenges of Sustainable Development

Pekka Huovila1 & Lauri Koskela2

1Group Leader, VTT Building Technology, P.O. Box 1801, FIN-02044 VTT, Finland. Phone: +358-9- 456 5903. E-mail: pekka.huovila@vtt.fi
2Senior Researcher, VTT Building Technology, Phone: +358-9-456 4556. E-mail: lauri.koskela@vtt.fi

Abstract

This paper suggests the challenges of sustainable development to be considered in the life cycle process of buildings. Sustainable development concepts are presented featuring social, ecological, cultural and environmental facets. Examples of sustainable construction practices from different countries are described. The potential and profitability of lean principles to promote sustainable construction is raised for discussion. As an example of related development, a requirements framework, is presented.

Keywords

Life cycle process of buildings, requirements management, sustainable design, sustainable construction.

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Reference

Huovila, P. & Koskela, L. 1998, 'Contribution of the Principles of Lean Construction to Meet the Challenges of Sustainable Development' In:, 6th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Guaruj√°, Brazil, 13-15 Aug 1998.

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