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Agren, R and Wing, R D (2014) Five moments in the history of industrialized building. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 7-15.

Bildsten, L (2014) Buyer-supplier relationships in industrialized building. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 146-59.

Brege, S, Stehn, L and Nord, T (2014) Business models in industrialized building of multi-storey houses. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 208-26.

Eriksson, P E, Olander, S, Szentes, H and Widen, K (2014) Managing short-term efficiency and long-term development through industrialized construction. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 97-108.

Hedgren, E and Stehn, L (2014) The impact of clients' decision-making on their adoption of industrialized building. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 126-45.

Jansson, G, Johnsson, H and Engstrom, D (2014) Platform use in systems building. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 70-82.

  • Type: Journal Article
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2013.793376
  • Abstract:

    The practice of reusing processes and technical solutions leads to the formation of product platforms in house building. Product platforms originate from industries employing a make-to-order production strategy, e.g. the automotive industry. To test how the product platform concept is useful in engineer-to-order production strategies, a case study at two Swedish house-builders was made. Key factors that affect platform use in systems buildings were sought. The smaller company operates a supplier-led platform focusing on commonalities in process knowledge. There is less definition of the product itself to allow for distinctiveness in the product offer. The larger company has a decentralized business and operates a client-driven platform with fragmented standardization. Focus is put on creating commonality through defining the product and handling distinctiveness through an iterative design procedure. Product families were not in use at the case study companies. The companies transform standardized platform solutions into project uniqueness by using support methods. Four platform support methods emerged from the case studies: design planning, collaborative design, design optimization, and requirements iteration. The balance between commonality and distinctiveness in the platform is important to attend to in each house-building project. The engineer-to-order production strategy hinders the implementation of a fully parameterized platform. The product platform concept is therefore expanded with support methods to handle distinctiveness, i.e. project uniqueness. The product platform assets: components, processes, relationships and knowledge, are present also in platforms used in systems building.

Jeeninga, H and Kets, A (2004) Evolution of energy policy in the Netherlands: past, present and future. Building Research & Information, 32(01), 38–41.

Jonsson, H and Rudberg, M (2014) Classification of production systems for industrialized building: a production strategy perspective. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 53-69.

Kolokotroni, M, Robinson-Gayle, S, Tanno, S and Cripps, A (2004) Environmental impact analysis for typical office facades. Building Research & Information, 32(01), 2–16.

Larsson, J, Eriksson, P E, Olofsson, T and Simonsson, P (2014) Industrialized construction in the Swedish infrastructure sector: core elements and barriers. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 83-96.

Mantzouratos, N, Gardiklis, D, Dedoussis, V and Kerhoulas, P (2004) Concise exterior lighting simulation methodology. Building Research & Information, 32(01), 42–7.

Meiling, J H, Sandberg, M and Johnsson, H (2014) A study of a plan-do-check-act method used in less industrialized activities: two cases from industrialized housebuilding. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 109-25.

Ofori, G and Kien, H L (2004) Translating Singapore architects' environmental awareness into decision making. Building Research & Information, 32(01), 27–37.

Ogden, R G, Kendrick, C C and Walliman, N S R (2004) Modelling of enhanced passive and conventional cooling systems. Building Research & Information, 32(01), 17–26.

Schmidt, R, Vibaek, K S and Austin, S (2014) Evaluating the adaptability of an industrialized building using dependency structure matrices. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 160-82.

Wikberg, F, Olofsson, T and Ekholm, A (2014) Design configuration with architectural objects: linking customer requirements with system capabilities in industrialized house-building platforms. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 196-207.

Yashiro, T (2014) Conceptual framework of the evolution and transformation of the idea of the industrialization of building in Japan. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 16-39.

Yunus, R and Yang, J (2014) Improving ecological performance of industrialized building systems in Malaysia. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 183-95.

Zhai, X, Reed, R and Mills, A (2014) Factors impeding the offsite production of housing construction in China: an investigation of current practice. Construction Management and Economics, 32(01), 40-52.