The foundations of lean construction

Lauri Koskela, Greg Howell, Glenn Ballard, Iris Tommelein

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Editorial comment - Chapters 14 and 15 The creation of value in building and construction projects has a particularly strong place in the lean construction philosophy. ‘Lean’ is a way to design production systems to minimize waste of materials, time, and effort in order to generate the maximum possible amount of value. This chapter and Chapter 15 introduce the ideas and techniques of lean construction. These chapters do not give detailed instructions for implementing lean construction, but they give a comprehensive overview of the philosophy and practice of lean as its applies to construction. Chapter 14 provides an overview of lean construction as a theory-based approach to project management, which is compared to current project management, and outlines the lean-based project delivery system and its implementation. Chapter 15 describes several tools and techniques that support this new approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign and Construction
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding in Value
EditorsRick Best, Gerard de Valence
Place of PublicationAbingdon & New York
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781136411663, 9780080491080
ISBN (Print)0750651490, 9780750651493, 9781138155572
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes


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