Professor Patrick T.I. LAM
PhD, MSc, Associateship (in BTM), Dip.Finance, MHKIS, MHKIE, MHKICM, MSISV, MSIArb, MRICS, MCIOB, RPE, RPS, CCP

Professor & Award Coordinator for MSc / PgD in PM

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Patrick Lam has had rich professional and academic experiences since graduating from the Hong Kong Polytechnic in the 1980s. On the professional side, he had practised for 10 years in multi-disciplinary design office, consultant quantity surveyors and contractor/developer both in Hong Kong and Singapore. On the academic side, he has had substantial experience lecturing on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in universities and polytechnics both locally and overseas. Whilst teaching, Patrick is active in research and consultancy projects.The teaching team (MSc in Project Management) which he leads has won outstanding Academic Programme Development Awards at both the departmental and faculty levels in 2009/2010.

Winner of Departmental Award for Outstanding Teacher (2015/16) ; Winner of Faculty Service Award (2016/17) ; Academic Advisor

Main areas
Construction Economics (for Surveying & Property Management)
Development Finance (MSc progamme - in HKSAR and in PRC)
Research and Scholarly Activities
Procurement Systems
Project Financing, PPP and Business models
Construction Contracts and Specifications
Quality and Buildability issues
Emission Trading and Smart Cities
Projects (as Principal Investigator)
A Model on Buildability Assessment for Hong Kong (Completed CERG project)
Benchmarking Buildability by Implementing theBuildability Assessment Model in Hong Kong (Completed CERG project)
A Buildability Assessment System for the Scheme Design Stage of Building Projects in Hong Kong (Completed BRE departmental project)
An Investigation of Pitfalls in Output Specifications for Public-Private Partnership Projects and their Solutions (Completed GRF project)
An Investigation into Energy Performance Contracting for enhancing its role in energy conservation in Hong Kong (Completed GRF project)
A Framework for the Sustainable Adoption of Green Specifications in the Hong Kong Construction Industry (Completed PolyU Intra-faculty project)
Critical Success Factors for Bond Financing of Infrastructure Projects in Asia (Completed BRE departmental project)
A Study of Green Financing and Its Impacts on the Built Environment (Completed BRE departmental project)
An Exploratory Study for Enhancing the Growth of Innovative Start-up Enterprises in the Built Environment (ongoing BRE departmental project)
Establishing a Cost-Benefit Analysis Framework for Smart City Projects with Consideration of the Suitability of Possible Public-Private Partnerships (ongoing GRF project)
Projects (
as Co- 
Sustainable building maintenance: balancing empolyment, costs and carbon emlusions (Completed GRF project)
Financing Contractors: The Case of Bank Lending in Hong Kong (Completed CERG project)
Developing a Best Practice Framework for Implementing Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Hong Kong (Completed CERG project)
Evaluating the Key Risk Factors and Risk Sharing Mechanisms for Target Cost Contracting (TCC) Schemes in Construction (Completed CERG project)
Developing an Equitable Risk Sharing Mechanism for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Projects in the PRC (a National Science Foundation of China/RGC Joint Research Scheme with Tsinghua University) - Completed
Programme Leader for MSc/PgD in Project Management (2007-ongoing)
Member of University’s Works Funding Sub-committee (2007-2018)
Faculty Board Member, Faculty of Construction and Land Use (2002-2004; 2016 - 2018)
Consultancy and Professional Service
Developed office standard architectural specifications for a major quantity surveying practice in Singapore (2000-2001)
Team member of HKIE consultancy project on “An analysis of the state of Hong Kong's buildings” (2007)
Core Member of PolyU team in collaboration with HKU team for:- Reinventing Hong Kong Construction Industry for its Sustainable Development¡¨, (sponsored by the CII-HK: 2007-2008)
Core Team member for MTRC consultancy project on “Application of Public-Private Partnerships in Urban Rail-Based Transportation Project” (sponsored by Asian Development Bank: 2007-2009)
Core Member of Procurement Study for Phase 3 development (Client: Science and Technology Parks: 2009-2010)
Strategy for Management and Reduction of Construction and Demolition Waste in Hong Kong (for the Construction Industry Council of Hong Kong: 2016-2017)
Deputy Editor for the Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management (an Emerald Publication)
Member of the Advisory Committee on Barrier Free Access (Hong Kong SAR Government: 2011-13; 2015-2017)
Member of Sub Committee on Access of the Rehabilitation Advisory Committee (Hong Kong SAR Government (2017-2019))
Selected Recent Publication List
Book Chapters
Lam P.T.I.(1990) A Critical Comparison of Construction Procurement and Contracting Systems in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, a report published by the Hong Kong Polytechnic (with copyright approval by the College of Estate Management, U.K.) as sponsored by the Jones Lang Wootton Travelling Scholarship
Walker, C, Smith, A, and Lam P.T.I., et al (1995),Privatised Infrastructure: The BOT Approach, Thomas Telford, London, (contribution of 4 chapters and a case study)
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H. and Chan, E.H.W. (2008) Quantitative Assessment of Buildability, In Chan, E. (Ed.) Contractual and Regulatory Innovations in Building & Real Estate, PACE Publishing Ltd.
Lam, P.T.I. Chan, E.H.W., Chau, C.K., Poon, C.S. and K.P. Chun (2009) An overview of the development of green specifications in the construction industry worldwide, International Sustainable and Urban Regeneration: Case Studies and Lessons Learned, ICONUS, 86-93
Chan, J.H.L., Chan, D.W.M. and Lam, P.T.I. (2012) Application of Target Cost Contracts and Guaranteed Maximum Price contracts in the construction industry of Hong Kong, In K., Kobayashi, K.A. Rashid, M. Onishi and S.F. Hasan (Eds), Joint Ventures in Construction 2: contract, governance, performance and risk,  ICE Publishing, 185-200, ISBN 978-0-7227-5783-8
Lam, P.T.I. and Javed, A.A. (2016), Public Private Partnerships in Hong Kong, In A. Akintoye et al (Eds) Public-Private Partnerships: A Global Review, Routledge, London & New York, 118-131, ISBN-13: 978-0415728966; ISBN-10: 0415728967
Lam, P.T.I.(1995) Application of Value Engineering in the Construction Industry,    The Asia Pacific Building and Construction Management Journal, , Hong Kong, 1, 18-24
Lam, P.T.I. (1999) A Sectoral Review of Risks Associated with Major Infrastructure Projects,International Journal of Project ManagementPergamon, UK, 17(2) 77-87
Lam, P.T.I. (2002), Buildability Assessment: The Singapore Approach, Journal of Building and Construction Management, Hong Kong, March, 7(1) 21-27
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2004) The Use of Construction Specifications in Singapore, Construction Management and Economics, Dec. 22(10),1067-1079
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2004) An investigation into the use of specifications in procuring construction works, Journal of Construction Procurement, 10(2), 118-139
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2006), Contributions of designers to improving buildability and constructability, Design Studies, 27, 457-479
Lam, P.T.I, et al (2006), An evaluation of the need for a quality assessment scheme for private sector construction projects in Hong Kong, The International Journal of Construction Management, 6(1), 27-43
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2007) An international treatise on construction specification problems from a legal perspective, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, ASCE, July, 133(3), 229-237
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2007) Building features and site-specific factors affecting buildability in Hong Kong,Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 5(2), 129-147
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2008) Benchmarking buildabilityusing the Buildability Assessment Model in Hong Kong, HKIE Transactions, March, 15(1), 1-11
Lam, P.T.I., and Wong, F.W.H. (2008) Implementing the Buildability Assessment Model forBuildability Improvement, Journal of Architectural Science Review, 51(2), 173-184
Lam, P.T.I. and Wong, F.W.H. (2009) Improving Project Performance Through BuildabilityBenchmarking, Construction Management and Economics,27(1-3), Jan, 41-52
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2009) Integrating Green Specifications in Construction and Overcoming Barriers in their Use, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, ASCE, 135(4), 142-152
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2010) Factors Affecting the Implementation of Green Specifications in Construction, Journal of Environmental Management, 91(3), 654-661
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H. and Tse, K.T.C. (2010) The Effectiveness of ICT for Construction Information Exchange amongst Multi-disciplinary Project Teams, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, (24)4, 365-376
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, E.H.W., Chau, C.K., Poon, C.S. and Chun, K.P. (2011) Environmental management system vs green specifications: How do they complement each other in the construction industry?, Journal of Environmental Management, 92(3), 788-795
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, E.H.W., Chau, C.K., and Poon, C.S. (2011) A sustainable framework of "green" specification for construction in Hong Kong, Journal of Facilities Management, 9(1), 16-33
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H. (2011) A comparative study of buildability perspectives between clients, consultants and contractors, Construction Innovations: Information and Process Management, 11(3), 306-320
Lam, P.T.I.,Chiang, Y.H. and Chan, S.H. (2011) Critical success factors for bond financing of construction projects in Asia, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 27(4), 190-199
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, A.P.C., Akintoye, A. and Javed A. A., (2011) Use of output specifications in PFI housing projects: how they differs from prescriptive specifications, Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management 1(2), 43-48
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H., Chan, A.P.C., Shea, W.C.Y. and Lau, J.W.S. (2012) A scheme design buildability assessment model for building projects, Construction Innovations: Information and Process Management, 12(2), 216-238
22 Lam, P.T. I. and Javed, A.A. (2013) A comparative study on the use of output specifications for Australian and UK PPP/PFI projects, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 29(2),  04014061,    
23 Lam, P.T.I., Chan, E.H.W., Yu, T.W., Cam, C.N. & Yu, J.S (2014) Mitigating climate change in the building sector: Integrating the unique characteristics of built facilities with emissions trading schemes, Facilities, 32(7/8), 342-364                   
24 Lam, P. T. I., & Lee, P. (2014). A comparative study of standard contract conditions for energy performance contracting in Australia, Canada and the United States. Construction Law Journal, 30(7), 357-376.                                                                                             
25 Lam, P. T. I., & Lee, P. (2015) A comparative study of standard contract conditions for energy performance contracting in China, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. Construction Law Journal, 31(3), 152-166                                                                                                    
26 Lam, P.T.I., Chan, E.H.W., Yu, T.W., Cam, C.N. & Yu, J.S (2015) Applicability of Clean Development Mechanism to the Hong Kong building sector, Journal of Cleaner Production, 109, 271-283 (            
27 Lam, P.T.I., Yu, J.S. and Yang, H.X. (2016) Business Models for the Integrated Use of Photovoltaics in Buildings, International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 4(3), 151-158                                                                                               
28 Lam, P.T.I and Law, A.O.K (2016) Crowdfunding for renewable and sustainable energy projects: an exploratory case study approach, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 11-20, DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2016.01.046
29 Lam, P.T.I. and Yu, J.S. (2016) Developing and managing photovoltaic facilities based on third-party ownership business models in buildings, Facilities,  34(13/14), 855-872
30 Lam, P.T.I., Yang, H.X., Yu, J.S. (2017) Critical Success Factors for integrating renewable energy development in a country with 2 systems: The case of Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong SAR in China, Energy Policy, 107, 480-487
31 Lam, P.T.I. and Law, A.O.K. (2018) Financing for renewable energy projects: A decision guide by developmental stages with case studies, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 90, 937-944
Lam, P.T.I. et al (2006) An Overview of the International Community on the Payment Security of Workers’ Wages, Proceedings of Symposium on the Reform and Innovation of China ConstructionLabour Policy, Ministry of Construction and the University of Chongqing, Nov, China Building Publishing Company
Lam, P.T.I. et al (2006) Buildability of upgrading works: benchmarking Singapore’s experience,Proceedings of the Ageing Building: Threats and Opportunities, Construction Industry Instititue – Hong Kong, 21 Nov, Kowloon, Hong Kong (CD-ROM)
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2006) An Empirical Study of the Relationship between Buildability and Productivity in Singapore – Lessons for Hong Kong SAR., In Zhao, Z.Y., Yu, M.X., Feng, C.C. and Kuan, L.L. (Ed.)Proceedings of the CRIOCM 2006 International Research Symposium, 3-5 Nov, Beijing, .338-347
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2006) Buildability of building services designs for high-rise construction, In Baldwin, A., Hui, E., and Wong, F. (Ed.) Proceedings of the BEAR Conference on Construction sustainability and innovation, Vol. 1, 10-13 April, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 84-93
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2006) A process flow model for the preparation and use of construction specifications, In Baldwin, A., Hui, E., and Wong, F. (Ed.) Proceedings of the BEAR Conference on Construction sustainability and innovation, Vol. 1, 10-13 April, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 76-85
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2007) A Generic Framework of Performance Specifications for Specialist Works, InSyed M Ahmed, Salman Azhar and Sherif Mohamed (Ed.), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, July 11-13, Griffith University and Florida International University, Goldcoast, Australia, 350-357
Lam, P.T.I. et al (2007) Constructability Reviews: A Strategic Process in Design Developmen. In CheahY.J., Chen P.H., Chew A.S., et al (Ed.) Proceedings of ICCPM / ICCEM 2007, 1-2 Mar, NanyangTechnological University of Singapore, Singapore, 37 -46
Lam, P.T.I. (2007) Output specifications for public-private projects – pitfalls and the way forward, In Dai Da-shuang and Su Jing-qin (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Concession Public / Infrastructural Projects, 24-26 Aug., Dalian: Dalian University of Technology Press, ISBN 978-7-5611-3689-8, 3-9
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H., Choy, L.H.T. and Cheung, M.K.H. (2008) Behavioural patterns in the use of Information Exchange Systems among construction professionals in Hong Kong, Proceedings of the International Research Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, co-organised by the Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management, Renmin University of China, etc., Beijing, PRC, 31 Oct-3 Nov, 343-346
Lam, P.T.I. Chan, E.H.W. and K.P. Chun (2009) The prospects of adopting green specifications for public sector construction works ¡V the case of Hong Kong, Proceedings of the Conference on Translating Sustainable Design into Sustainable Construction Conference, jointly organized by Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff School of Art & Design and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, Cardiff, UK, 4 Sept, (in CD-ROM)
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, A.P.C. and Wong, F.W.H. (2010) A study of Key Design Decisions at the Scheme Design stage of building projects in Hong Kong SAR with a view to buildability enhancement, Proceedings of the 15th CRIOCM International Symposium on Advancement of construction management and real estate, co-organised by the Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management and the University of Technology Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia, 7-8 Aug., 355-367, ISBN: 978-967-0104
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, A.P.C. and Chan, S. (2010) A Best Practice Framework of Output Specifications for PPP projects, Proceedings of the CIB World Congress 2010 on Building a Better World, Salford, UK, 10-14 May (in CD-ROM)
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, A.P.C., Akintoye, A. and Javed, A.A. (2011) Use of Output Specifications in PFI Housing Projects, Proceedings of the ICCEPM 2011, 4th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management, 16-18 Feb, Sydney, Australia (CD-ROM)
14 Lam, P.T.I., Chan, E.H.W., Yu, Ann, T.W., Cam, W.C.N. and Yu, J.S. (2012) Pathway to sustainable built environment: an exploration of the use of emissions trading for the building sector in Asia, Proceedings of the International Conference on Applied Energy 2012 Conference, 5-8 Jul, Suzhou, PRC., 234-240
15 Lam, P.T.I., Yik, F.W.H., Chan, E.H.W. and Lee, P. (2012) A contractual framework for energy performance contracting in the quest for energy saving to achieve sustainable development, Proceedings of the PAQS 2012 conference, Brunei Darussalum, 8-10 July, 1-10
16 Lam, P.T.I., Yang, H.X. and Yu, J.S. (2013) An Overview of Green Financing and Business Models for the Development of Renewable Energy in the Pearl River Delta, Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Sustainable Energy technologies (SET-2013), 26-29 Aug, Hong Kong, (CD-ROM)
17 Lam, P.T.I. and Yu, J.S. (2013) The use of green bonds in sustainable development, Proceedings of the Sustainable Building 13 Conference, Building & Construction Authority and the National University of Singapore, 9-10 Sept, Singapore, (CD-ROM)
18 Lam, P.T.I. (2014) Reflections on the Professional Development of Quantity Surveyors to become Project Managers in the Construction Industry of the Region: a case study based on a postgraduate programme at a tertiary institution, Proceedings of the PAQS 2014 conference, 10 June, Hong Kong (CD-ROM)
19 Lam, P.T.I. and Law, A.O.K. (2014) Financing green developments, Proceedings of the International Conference on Business, Economics and Social Science, 25-26 Sept, International Organisation for Research and Development, Singapore
20 Lam, P.T.I. and Wei, Y.G. (2015) Smart cities: explorations of a cost-benefit study framework in the digital age, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization, 7-9 Jan, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (Abstract and invited presentation)
21 Lam, P.T.I. (2015) Business models for the integrated use of photovoltaics in buildings, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference for Sustainable Development and Management, 28-30 June 2015, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong (Invited keynote presentation – Best Paper Award)
22 Lam, P.T.I. (2017) Developing a Framework for Cost Benefit Analysis of Smart Cities, Proceedings of the International Conference on Architecture and Construction Engineering 2017, 10-12 March, Singapore (abstract only published)
23 Lam, P. T. I., and Yang, W. J.(2017 ). 'Cost-Benefit Analysis on smart meter projects: Lessons from case studies'. In Proceedings of the Conference of Asia Pacific Intelligent Green Building Alliance (APIGBA), Hong Kong,  21 Sept. (abstract only published)
24 Lam, P. T. I. (2018) A Scheme Design Buildability Assessment Model in Hong Kong: Principles and Practice, in Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (Building Division), Hong Kong, 13 Mar., 59-63