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Adopting Product Modularity in House Building to Support Mass Customisation

Rocha, Cecilia G. Da, Formoso, Carlos and Tzortzopoulos, Patricia (2015) Adopting Product Modularity in House Building to Support Mass Customisation. Sustainability, 7 (5). pp. 4919-4937. ISSN 2071-1050

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Product modularity is a concept that can contribute to the improvement of product quality and production efficiency in house-building. However, there is a lack of consensus in the literature on the concepts that define product modularity. Furthermore, little attention has been given to the differences between building construction and manufacturing, for which product modularity was originally developed. This research aims to address that gap by adapting the conceptualization of product modularity so that it can effectively be used in the house-building industry. The methodological approach adopted in this study was Design Science Research, and two empirical studies were carried out on construction companies based in Brazil and in the U.K. Those studies are used to illustrate the applicability and utility of the proposed concepts and tools. Research findings indicate that the adoption of product modularity concepts results in benefits to both traditional construction technologies and prefabricated
building systems.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
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Depositing User: Patricia Tzortzopoulos
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 13:51
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2015 16:12


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