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

conference contribution
posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Ivy Blackman, David Picken, Chunlu LiuChunlu Liu
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.



International Conference on Multi-National Construction Projects (2008 : Shanghai, China)


1 - 18


CIB - International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction


Shanghai, China

Place of publication

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

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

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