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Title: The benefits and limitations of prefabricated home manufacturing in North America
Author: Rippon, Jordan A.
Subject Keywords prefabricated manufacturing method;North America;manufacturing process;benefits;limitations
Issue Date: 2011-04-11
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2011-07-26
Series/Report no. University of British Columbia, Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses, 2010 winter session, WOOD 493
Abstract: The purpose of this report is to describe and analyze the potential benefits and limitations of constructing residential homes using the prefabricated manufacturing method found in North America. The ideology behind modular product development and how it is applied to the prefabricated home industry will be explained. This paper aims to educate the reader and provide them with a sufficient understanding of the manufacturing process of prefabricated homes, while comparing the benefits and limitations of this process with the conventional method of „site-built‟ construction. Comparisons will be based on both the assembly and manufacturing techniques arising from each method of production. The summary will provide an overview of topics covered throughout this paper as well as a brief projection of the future market potential of prefab home systems.
Affiliation: Wood Science, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/36342
Peer Review Status: Unreviewed
Scholarly Level: Undergraduate

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