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Site planning and design of green residential building projects: case studies in China

Xiaosen Huo (School of Economics and Management, Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing, China)
Ann Tit Wan Yu (Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Wu Zezhou (School of Civil Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen, China)
Wadu Mesthrige Jayantha (School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 2 September 2019

Issue publication date: 18 February 2020



The purpose of this paper is to present site planning and design (SPD) relevant variables and items in practice for practitioners to better understand and implement SPD in green building projects.


The research methods include questionnaire survey and case studies in the context of China. A questionnaire survey was adopted to identify the importance of 13 variables and the corresponding 38 items in SPD of green residential buildings. Three green residential projects including one in Hong Kong and two in Mainland China were selected to investigate the SPD considerations in practice and to discuss the necessary improvement.


The results show that 12 out of the 13 variables of SPD in green buildings are involved in the three case projects to some extent, thereby underscore the importance of these variables. The potential improvement in real-life SPD of green buildings is also discussed such as adopting design-build and integrated project delivery methods and preserving and protecting cultural characteristics on site.


The research findings may serve as a reference for practitioners to better conduct SPD in green building projects.



This work was supported by the Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The authors are also grateful to all of the respondents in the questionnaire survey and the case studies.


Huo, X., Yu, A.T.W., Zezhou, W. and Jayantha, W.M. (2020), "Site planning and design of green residential building projects: case studies in China", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 525-543.



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