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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1512; doi:10.3390/su9091512

Factors Affecting the Capital Cost of Prefabrication—A Case Study of China

School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
School of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
School of Civil Engineering, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
Department of Construction Management and Real Estate, College of Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
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Received: 26 July 2017 / Revised: 21 August 2017 / Accepted: 21 August 2017 / Published: 24 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Management Strategies and Innovations for Sustainable Construction)
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As a sustainable construction method, prefabrication has become popular in many nations. However, there are many challenges for prefabrication, especially in terms of cost. Previous studies have revealed that higher capital cost was the most important barrier to the implementation of prefabrication. Thus, the objective of this study is to explore and evaluate the critical factors affecting the capital cost of prefabrication and examine how cost management may be affected by the “experience”, “corporate responsibility”, and “participant function” as a fix independent factors. To achieve the research objective, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 11 experts for the development of the questionnaire. Then, a questionnaire survey was conducted to investigate the significance of 49 factors related to prefabrication capital cost. The survey results revealed that “Specification and standards for prefabricated building design”, “Related experience of manager”, and “Rationality of precast component split” were the most critical factors. In addition, “experience”, “corporate responsibility”, and “participant function” had significant impact on the evaluation of capital cost factors. The findings can facilitate developing a benchmark framework for exploring the factors affecting the capital cost of prefabrication in China. View Full-Text
Keywords: prefabrication; sustainability; mean analysis; capital cost; factors prefabrication; sustainability; mean analysis; capital cost; factors

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Xue, H.; Zhang, S.; Su, Y.; Wu, Z. Factors Affecting the Capital Cost of Prefabrication—A Case Study of China. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1512.

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