Relation Between the Sustainable Maturity of Construction companies and the philosophy of lean construction

Ivna B. Campos1, Deborah M. de Oliveira2, Sarah B. M. Carneiro3, Ana Beatriz Luna de Carvalho4 & José P. Barros Neto5

1Engineer, M.Sc. Student, Department of Structure and Construction Engineering (www.deecc.ufc.br), Federal University of Ceará, Campus Universitário do Pici, Bloco 710, CEP 60455-760, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, Phone +55 85 3366-9607, deborahmo@gmail.com
2Architect, M.Sc. Student, Department of Structure and Construction Engineering, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, ivnabaquit@gmail.com
3Architect, M.Sc. Student, Department of Structure and Construction Engineering, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, sarah_bmc@yahoo.com.br
4Engineer, M.Sc. Student, Department of Structure and Construction Engineering, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, an.abc@hotmail.com
5Professor Ph.D Professor from the Civil Construction and Structure Engineering Department, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. jpbarros@ufc.br

Abstract

In the current economic context, the influence of globalization on business requires the entrepreneur to adopt competitive posture in market. Thus, in the civil construction industry, it is known that companies seek new processes, products and tools to maximize efficiency. The Lean philosophy and the environmental management are considered strategic practices and seek to reduce waste due to the organizational efficiency. The application of these philosophies requires investments by companies, making substantial to measure it continuously. This study aims to analyze the relationship between Lean Construction (LC) concepts and sustainable construction, by the use of assessment tools that show maturity indicators of the companies involving both approaches. About the methodological procedures, this is a qualitative research with an exploratory approach. The multiple case study was used as research strategy in two construction companies located in Fortaleza, Brazil. As results, was observed that application of Lean and Green have similarities and complementarities. Therefore, the main contribution of this research is the fact that companies could achieve their process more efficient and with more quality when they implement Lean and sustainable principles simultaneously.

Keywords

Sustainability, Lean Construction, Construction Industry, Indicators.

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Campos, I.B. , Oliveira, D.M.D. , Carneiro, S.B.M. , Carvalho, A.B.L.D. & Neto, J.P.B. 2012, 'Relation Between the Sustainable Maturity of Construction companies and the philosophy of lean construction' In:, Tommelein, I.D. & Pasquire, C.L., 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. San Diego, USA, 18-20 Jul 2012.

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