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Badenfelt, U (2010) I trust you, I trust you not: a longitudinal study of control mechanisms in incentive contracts. Construction Management and Economics, 28(03), 10.

Bradley, P E (2010) An ultrametric interpretation of building related event data. Construction Management and Economics, 28(03), 26.

Chao, L-C (2010) Estimating project overheads rate in bidding: DSS approach using neural networks. Construction Management and Economics, 28(03), 99.

Fan, R Y C, Ng, S T and Wong, J M W (2010) Reliability of the Box–Jenkins model for forecasting construction demand covering times of economic austerity. Construction Management and Economics, 28(03), 54.

Jewell, C, Flanagan, R and Anaç, C (2010) Understanding UK construction professional services exports: definitions and characteristics. Construction Management and Economics, 28(03), 9.

Jones, S M, Ross, A and Sertyesilisik, B (2010) Testing the unfolding model of voluntary turnover on construction professionals. Construction Management and Economics, 28(03), 85.

Lowe, R (2000) Defining and meeting the carbon constraints of the 21st century. Building Research & Information, 28(03), 159–75.

Machado, M V, Roche, P M L, Mustieles, F and Oteiza, I d (2000) The fourth house: the design of a bio climatic house in Venezuela. Building Research & Information, 28(03), 196–211.

Pellegrini-Masini, G, Bowles, G, Peacock, A D, Ahadzi, M and Banfill, P F G (2010) Whole life costing of domestic energy demand reduction technologies: householder perspectives. Construction Management and Economics, 28(03), 29.

Smyth, H (2010) Construction industry performance improvement programmes: the UK case of demonstration projects in the ‘Continuous Improvement’ programme. Construction Management and Economics, 28(03), 70.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: energy consumption; energy efficiency; whole life costing; housing
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446190903505948
  • Abstract:
    There has been a range of initiatives across many countries over the last 10 to 15 years to introduce reform to the construction process in order to improve performance. The so-called UK ‘Continuous Improvement’ programme is evaluated as a case study through an analysis of demonstration projects. These projects symbolically represent best practice for others to follow directly in the UK and through influence indirectly in other countries. This raises methodological challenges, yet the scant empirical attention given to this field justifies such attention. The main conclusion is that there have been improvements, yet these seem not to have been continuous. Contractors are distant from direct value creation, increasingly relying upon others in the supply chain. Improvement measures have not penetrated most supply chains. This suggests that contractors need to develop learning and competency capacity; especially stakeholder management and/or clients need to identify new solution providers. There has been little direct evidence of this and the current environment is placing emphasis upon price rather than value. Capacity and capabilities for continuous improvement appear largely transient and insufficiently embedded to persist where present.

Thormark, C (2000) Including recycling potential in energy use into the life cycle of buildings. Building Research & Information, 28(03), 176–83.

Treloar, G J, Fay, R, Love, P E D and Iyer-Raniga, U (2000) Analysing the life-cycle energy of an Australian residential building and its householders. Building Research & Information, 28(03), 184–95.