The study proposes the application of the principles of lean construction to the processes that would lead to the production sustainable buildings. This is aimed at promoting sustainability in the built environment, because buildings form the greater per cent of the built environment. Sustainable buildings are the products of sustainable processes of design and construction, while lean construction manages and adds value to the processes of construction from the conceptions to the delivery of the construction deliverables – buildings. The study’s discourse presents the concepts of lean applications and the novelty it provides to the construction of buildings sustainably. This theoretical discourse suggests that lean applications to construction activities has threefold positive impact on the construction sector. Firstly, it guides the design conception of buildings. Secondly, it controls the deliverable processes of their construction and thirdly, it improves and allows for the production of sustainable buildings as against those from the conventional construction processes. These in the overall ensure the production of sustainable buildings and promote environmental sustainability. Furthermore, the study recommends amongst others a deliberate reorientation of the construction sector practitioners and encourages the installations of mechanisms that would ensure the implementation and application of lean principles into the processes leading to the production of sustainable buildings.
Evelyn Lami Ashelo Allu, Central University of Technology Bloemfontein, South Africa
Fidelis A. Emuze, Central University of Technology, South Africa
Stream: Environmental Sustainability & Human Consumption: Waste
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