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A Review on the Factors Affecting the Use of Offsite Construction in Multifamily Housing in the United States

Construction Management Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Buildings 2021, 11(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010005
Received: 26 November 2020 / Revised: 12 December 2020 / Accepted: 21 December 2020 / Published: 24 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Architecture of Collective Housing)
The increasing demand for multifamily housing in the United States requires alternatives for building more affordable and sustainable housing to improve the quality of life for millions of families. Offsite construction (OSC) strategies may be a viable alternative for tackling this problem. Although the use of OSC is significant in the multifamily housing market in the world and it is also very promising in the US, a scarce amount of literature has focused on this topic. The purpose of this study is to identify specific factors that affect decisions on the use of OSC in multifamily housing in the US. Focusing on the sustainability dimensions of construction—social, environmental, and economic—the authors reviewed literature that was published between 2000 and 2019 and identified factors that are related to OSC adoption in general construction, in housing construction, and, more specifically, in multifamily housing construction in the US. Subsequently, a discussion on some important factors affecting decisions on the use of OSC in the American multifamily market is provided. The discussion focused on factors that, although important, have been under explored in the literature that addresses the use of OSC in multifamily projects, especially in the US, which are: customer’s attitude, building performance, and building comfort and indoor environmental quality (IEQ). In addition, a brief discussion regarding the importance of design to the uptake of OSC in multifamily projects is provided. This is one of the first studies dedicated to exploring the social, environmental, and economic factors that affect the use of OSC in multifamily housing in the US. The study also identifies research gaps, which serve as a roadmap for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: multifamily housing; offsite construction; sustainability; decision-making factors multifamily housing; offsite construction; sustainability; decision-making factors
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Gusmao Brissi, S.; Debs, L.; Elwakil, E. A Review on the Factors Affecting the Use of Offsite Construction in Multifamily Housing in the United States. Buildings 2021, 11, 5. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010005

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Gusmao Brissi S, Debs L, Elwakil E. A Review on the Factors Affecting the Use of Offsite Construction in Multifamily Housing in the United States. Buildings. 2021; 11(1):5. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010005

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Gusmao Brissi, Sara; Debs, Luciana; Elwakil, Emad. 2021. "A Review on the Factors Affecting the Use of Offsite Construction in Multifamily Housing in the United States" Buildings 11, no. 1: 5. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11010005

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