Industrializing the Residential Construction Site (July 2000, 87 p.)
Industrializing the Residential Construction Site, released by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), examines the means and methods available for integrating and industrializing the housing construction site and the housing industry. It describes the history of and possibilities for industrialization in the industry and includes strategies for all scales of builders: small volume, medium volume, high volume, and production builders.
Industrializing discusses means and methods of industrialization that have been useful to other industries, including:
- Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systemsdatabase with broad data format translation capabilities.
- Object-oriented computeraided design (CAD).
- Just-in-time supplymanufacturing approach that seeks to eliminate waste by providing the right part at the right place and time.
- Design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA)method of designing based on how parts will be assembled or manufactured.
- Prototyping and analysis tools.
These strategies represent a first step in the process to move the residential construction industry forward using integrated industrialized systems to deliver an affordable product with improved performance and operation.