Factors impeding the offsite production of housing construction in China : an investigation of current practice

Zhai, Xiaolin, Reed, Richard and Mills, Anthony 2013, Factors impeding the offsite production of housing construction in China : an investigation of current practice, Construction management and economics, vol. 32, no. 1-2, pp. 40-52.

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Title Factors impeding the offsite production of housing construction in China : an investigation of current practice
Author(s) Zhai, Xiaolin
Reed, Richard
Mills, Anthony
Journal name Construction management and economics
Volume number 32
Issue number 1-2
Start page 40
End page 52
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0144-6193
1466-433X
Keyword(s) China
housing construction
offsite production
sustainability
Summary The promotion of offsite production is a possible future strategic direction for the construction industry as it provides economic, environmental and social benefits. However, in China, the uptake of offsite production, particularly in the housing sector, is relatively low and few studies have identified and examined the reasons behind this trend. This research gap is addressed and factors that inhibit the wider use of offsite production in China’s housing construction industry are investigated. A questionnaire survey was carried out, examining the views of 110 construction professionals in China including developers, designers, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. Factor analysis of 21 separate variables was undertaken which extracted six principal factors, namely: ‘constructability implementation’, ‘social climate and attitudes’, ‘architectural performance’, ‘costing’, ‘supply chain’ and ‘preparatory stage’. The findings identify both barriers and challenges to increasing the uptake of offsite production in China. This provides a rare insight about the housing construction industry in China with possible implications for other developing countries that are seeking to identify and overcome barriers to the wider uptake of offsite production.
Language eng
Field of Research 150403 Real Estate and Valuation Services
Socio Economic Objective 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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