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Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1156; doi:10.3390/su9071156

A Systematic Literature Review on Integrative Lean and Sustainability Synergies over a Building’s Lifecycle

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Construction Management Research Laboratory (LAGERCON), Department of Architecture and Building, School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas 13083-852, Brazil
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Department of Architecture and Building, School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas 13083-852, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Fabio Carlucci
Received: 14 May 2017 / Revised: 20 June 2017 / Accepted: 25 June 2017 / Published: 2 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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The construction industry is increasingly moving towards the adoption of sustainable strategies and increased efficiency targets. Lean thinking (LT) aims at removing waste, increasing value, reducing costs, and improving the overall quality of products and processes. Sustainability, in turn, is concerned with the environmental, social, and economic impacts made by the construction industry. Both philosophies share efficient resource usage concerns. A systematic literature review (SLR) was carried out to cover the existing primary research and characterize its evolution and setting; to discuss the available empirical evidence to identify the LT and sustainability benefits and trade-offs; and to provide a holistic setting to promote those synergies. To catalyze the synergies between LT and sustainability, this paper highlights the potential application of LT elements throughout a building’s lifecycle. Knowledge synthetized is helpful for decision-makers to understand and explore combinations of the performance-oriented LT philosophy for the provision of environmentally responsive buildings. View Full-Text
Keywords: lean thinking; sustainability; construction; systematic literature review; framework; lifecycle of buildings lean thinking; sustainability; construction; systematic literature review; framework; lifecycle of buildings
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de Carvalho, A.C.V.; Granja, A.D.; da Silva, V.G. A Systematic Literature Review on Integrative Lean and Sustainability Synergies over a Building’s Lifecycle. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1156.

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