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Regional Comparisons of Contemporary Construction Industry Sustainable Concepts in the Chinese Context

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School of Management, Shanghai University, 333 Nanchen Road, Shanghai 200444, China
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Shanghai Xixin Information Technology Co., Ltd., 381 Nanchen Road, Shanghai 200444, China
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School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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School of Civil Engineering and Transportation, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
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State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Building Science, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
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School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, Brighton BN2 4GJ, UK
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Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 3831; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10113831
Received: 6 September 2018 / Revised: 3 October 2018 / Accepted: 15 October 2018 / Published: 23 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Development and Management of Mega Projects)
Emerging construction practices such as building information modelling (BIM), prefabrication construction, green building, and integrated project delivery methods are gaining momentum in China, with great potential due to the size of its construction market. Through this, the sustainability level of China’s construction industry is expected to be enhanced from the economic, social and environmental perspectives. So far, there has been limited understanding of how BIM, as a digital technology, would affect other contemporary sustainable construction practices from the industry professionals’ point of view. Limited studies have been carried out to study the regional differences of these contemporary sustainable practices in China. This study adopted a questionnaire-based approach targeting industry professionals from three different metropolitan cities (Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Wenzhou).The follow-up comprehensive statistical analysis revealed that with regards to these contemporary sustainable construction practices, survey participants held much varied views on the growth of renovation projects, traditional Design–Bid–Build delivery, and conventional on-site construction methods. These three types were also generally perceived to have weak correlation with BIM application. Regional comparison further conveyed information on differences in perceptions among survey respondents from these three cities. For example, respondents from Wenzhou perceived more positive effects of BIM use in conventional construction projects. This research addressed the inter-correlation among these emerging sustainable construction practices, as well as the regional differences in China’s construction market. The findings provide insights and the big picture for both governmental authorities and industry practitioners on the latest sustainable practices of China’s construction industry. Recommendations are also offered towards improved economic, social and environmental sustainability performance for construction projects in the country. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; building information modelling; contemporary construction; design–build; retrofitting projects; public–private partnership; prefabrication; green building sustainability; building information modelling; contemporary construction; design–build; retrofitting projects; public–private partnership; prefabrication; green building
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Ma, L.; Le, Y.; Li, H.; Jin, R.; Piroozfar, P.; Liu, M. Regional Comparisons of Contemporary Construction Industry Sustainable Concepts in the Chinese Context. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3831.

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