Systems for industrial construction, and more collaboration are key factors to reduce construction costs and ultimately get cheaper housing. It is enshrined in a new doctoral dissertation at Luleå University of Technology. Increased collaboration and increased industrialization in the construction sector are two suggestions made in the thesis.
- The main proposal in order to overcome the problems that exist, is to increase industrialization and interaction that also includes the project-based construction output, said Anders Bystedt a Ph.D. in Wood Technology at Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå.
From different parts of society criticism have been expressed that the construction costs in Sweden are so high that no "ordinary" people can afford to rent or buy a newly built apartment. A number of R & D projects have been implemented to try to find the cause. On that background lies Anders Bystedts research presented in a new thesis.
- My work began to follow a process where a number of timber companies linked to the construction industry developed a common building system in collaboration, he says.
The purpose of this was to develop a system for industrial construction in an effective way for wooden apartment blocks. In his research, he has an interest in the subcontractor's role in building and studying the links between construction industry and joinery company supplying windows, doors, stairs and similar, to most conventional construction projects. He has largely focused on efficiency and customer value, known as a Lean perspective. Mainly, he has studied the information and the sales process from inquiry to finished building.
- It is possible to achieve significant improvements in efficiency through a more profound and long-term cooperation in the development of building systems, which also goes for the conventional building process, he says.