UBC Undergraduate Research

An analysis on : the potential of prefabricated construction industry Chiu, Stephen Tse-Lun


Prefabricated houses are constructed with components manufactured off-site. In the past, prefabricated homes were often criticized as being monotonic and poor in quality; however, recent modernist movement has stirred interest in prefabricated building methods once again. Industry leaders argue and debate on almost all aspects of prefabrications. This paper focuses on six factors of prefabrication: cost, time, quality, environment, design capability and safety. Based on analysis, it was found that the greatest strength of prefabricated housing lies in its cost and time saving, and the greatest weaknesses lies in prefabricated housing’s incapability to deliver customized designs.

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