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Standardization in housing construction

Published: 25 April 2013

This project explores how different actors in the planning and building process for housing construction interact with regard to standardization. It's funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas.

In the wake of the current housing shortage several groups of actors have in recent years increasingly become interested in standardised solutions for housing construction. They hope that standardized solutions will result in lower production costs and a higher national volumes for housing construction. However, modern standardized housing contractors are struggeling to find a balance between production efficiency and being able to accomodate various requirements from clients and governmental agencies. But what does the term standardization actually mean?

In construction research standardization is considered a method for solving engineering problems and reducing transaction costs. According to this view standardization is only of concern for contractors; a way to increase production efficiency and offer cost-efficient solutions. In organizational research standardization is regarded as a process of coordination, regulation and social negotiation. According to this view standardization is of concern not only to contractors but to actors in the planning and building process.

This project aims to explore how standardization processes in Swedish housing construction happens: how standards are formed, revised and diffused.



Lars Stehn

Stehn, Lars - Professor and Head of Subject

Organisation: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 491976
Room: F955 - Luleå»