Lean Production is a systemic approach to meeting customer expectations, whatever they value, by reducing waste. At first glance, Lean then could only contribute to sustainability, but in fact sustainability is achieved only if the customer values sustainability. One intention of this paper’s authors is to examine whether sustainability is feasible as an added value. Another intention is to examine how current Lean construction tools and methods impact the construction and operation of sustainable facilities. The last is to suggest how these Lean construction tools and methods have evolved to contribute to green construction. The authors reviewed the publications which study both Lean Principles and Practices, and the impacts on the economic, social and environmental sustainability. The paper also investigated the relationships between Lean construction methods and its impacts, which were identified with suggestions for future research.
Lean construction, sustainable construction, sustainable assessment, Sustainability
Bae, J. & Kim, Y. 2007, 'Sustainable Value on Construction Project and Application of Lean Construction Methods' In:, Pasquire, C.L, C.L. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 15th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. East Lansing, Michigan, USA, 18-20 Jul 2007. pp 312-321