Sustainable Value on Construction Project and Application of Lean Construction Methods

Jin-Woo Bae1 & Yong-Woo Kim2

1Ph.D. Student, Constr. Mgmt. and Wood Product Engrg. Department, 153 Baker Lab, State Univ. of New Work, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210, Phone +1 315/470- 6831, FAX 315/470-6879, jbae01@syr.edu
2Assistant Professor, Constr. Mgmt. and Wood Product Engrg. Department, 153 Baker Lab, State Univ. of New Work, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210, Phone +1 315/470-6839, FAX 315/470-6879, ywkim@esf.edu

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Lean construction, sustainable construction, sustainable assessment, Sustainability

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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

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