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Whitepaper | The Building as a Product

The fact that productivity, innovation and profitability in the construction industry is still far behind the manufacturing industry can easily be explained by looking at the way the manufacturing industry is organized

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What is this whitepaper about?

The construction industry still thinks of buildings as unique and bespoke objects rather than as products that can be manufactured and assembled instead of being constructed. The fact that productivity, innovation and profitability in the construction industry is still far behind the manufacturing industry can easily be explained by looking at the way the manufacturing industry is organized.

Dit whitepaper gaat dieper in op de werkwijze van de maakindustrie en op welke manier de bouwindustrie daar een voorbeeld aan kan nemen. 

Modularity

If we start thinking about buildings as products that are made out of other products, we need to think about the basics of modular design and live with design constraints that are associated with it.

Configure to Order

When we succeed in approaching a building as an assembly of parts, and when we succeed in approaching those parts as modules, we can make the transition from an ‘engineering to order’ process to a ‘configure to order’ process.

Construction companies should behave more like a Configure to Order company and assemble unique buildings onsite using highly modular components that are pre-fabricated offsite. Only then will they be able to predict costs, mitigate risks and deliver a high-quality product on time. This whitepaper gives our take on this transformation of the construction industry.

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The Building as a Product

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