15 Feb '12, 7am

Construction productivity must be raised: Khaw Boon Wan

Construction productivity must be raised: Khaw Boon Wan

On his 'Housing Matters' blog, Mr Khaw touched on addressing these issues, even as the construction industry gears towards greater standardisation and using more precast components. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN By Daryl Chin There are many ways to improve productivity, and even smaller details like water pipes count, said National Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Tuesday. On his 'Housing Matters' blog, Mr Khaw touched on addressing these issues, even as the construction industry gears towards greater standardisation and using more precast components. 'If we benchmark ourselves against Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, we are lagging behind in construction productivity. There are many reasons for under-performing. But whatever the cause, we must fix the problem and raise our construction productivity,' he wrote. An example of this, are ubiquitous water pipes found in most building. The...

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