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Paper w78-2005-a11-1-lapointe:
An exploration of design systems for mass customization of factory-built timber frame homes

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M Lapointe, R Beauregard & S D’Amours

An exploration of design systems for mass customization of factory-built timber frame homes

Abstract: Demographic trends are forcing the homebuilding industry to speed up the industrialization process through mass customization. Our survey of companies in the sector of factory-built timber frame homes shows that data processing for the prefabrication of houses and their structural components comprises many iterations which generate a bottleneck at the technical design function. Companies must generate considerable agility in their design function to deal with repeated change in orders and to coordinate multidisci-plinary information, while controlling costs, delays and quality. In order to develop mass customization of factory-built timber houses, our study proposes a design system framework, taking advantage of a product platform based solution. The framework aims at integrating functional requirements and constraints in house engineering and manufacturing. Such conceptual work is an initial step towards emulating a multi-agent based method capable to provide proper coordination through proper data exchange required for the processes of the homebuilding value creation network.

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