Height and construction costs of residential buildings in Hong Kong and Shanghai

Blackman, Ivy Q., Picken, David H. and Liu, Chunlu 2008, Height and construction costs of residential buildings in Hong Kong and Shanghai, in CIB 2008 : Securing high performance through cultural awareness and dispute avoidance : Proceedings of the CIB W112 International Conference on Multi-National Construction Projects, CIB - International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, Rotterdam, Netherlands, pp. 1-18.

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Title Height and construction costs of residential buildings in Hong Kong and Shanghai
Author(s) Blackman, Ivy Q.
Picken, David H.
Liu, Chunlu
Conference name International Conference on Multi-National Construction Projects (2008 : Shanghai, China)
Conference location Shanghai, China
Conference dates 21-23 November 2008
Title of proceedings CIB 2008 : Securing high performance through cultural awareness and dispute avoidance : Proceedings of the CIB W112 International Conference on Multi-National Construction Projects
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2008
Conference series International Conference on Multi-National Construction Projects
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher CIB - International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
Place of publication Rotterdam, Netherlands
Keyword(s) high-rise
residential building
height-cost
economics
Summary A widely recognised theme of construction economics suggests that the cost of construction per square metre increases as building height rises. However, after many years, research conducted regarding the height and cost issue have established a classic relationship between those two, well known as a U-shaped curve. This paper describes the study of height-cost relationship of high-rise residential buildings in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Initial findings indicated that the curved relationships of height-cost of residential buildings in Shanghai and Hong Kong exhibit different profiles. The differences suggest that, Hong Kong contractors have more expertise in multi-storey and high-rise construction than contractors in Shanghai. The dissimilarities also imply that different sets of criteria should be applied in the judgement of height affects cost in different locations. Many factors could be contributors, such as the history and experience in constructing residential high-rise buildings, location, linkage and relationships to the neighbourhood provinces, design and construction regulations, and government policy on residential construction.
Language eng
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018384

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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