Transformative products and processes: a building manufacturing value chain assessment approach

Buildings Manufacturing Sustainability Supply chain Australia

According to previous research by the SBEnrc, ‘The manufacture of buildings is defined as the manufacture of entire buildings, or components of buildings, in centralised facilities using repeatable processes based on traditional building techniques to achieve parallel construction outcomes, prior to transportation for erection on site’.The benefits associated with manufacturing buildings are extensive as outlined in the industry report for SBEnrc Project 1.29, with significant improvements now demonstrated across all three elements of sustainability, namely: Economic (reduced construction time, cost of finance, and materials use); Social (improved work place conditions and OH&S); and Environmental (waste reduction). All leading to a strong business case. This project builds on previous SBEnrc research in this area and focuses on providing an approach to identify opportunities to increase the creation of value in the building manufacture supply chain.

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