This research identifies the methods of applying mass customization concept into today's prefabricated modular housing industry. Although the concept has already been implemented in the computer, clothing, and automobile industries, it has not been fully integrated in architecture, especially in the housing industry which is more directly related to personal life style. One of the arguments in this thesis focuses on the current implementation that is not fully functional to address the consumer's needs by selecting the product's appearance only. The research presents the possibilities of customizing modular houses by internet and architectural programming process beyond merely a catalog selection from the existing prefabricated housing vendors. The i_Prefab Home, a prototype advisory system, has been developed to facilitate the non-architectural trained clients to select the appropriate design schemes and components based on their own preference. Besides that, the proposed system work flow adopts Building Information Modeling (BIM) application as a design collaboration platform among architects, engineers, and manufacturers in the building delivery process, and this especially has a potential benefit for the modular housing industry. The usage scenarios of the prototype were designed to simulate the real cases with hypothetical clients that have been specified for the system to represent household profile, life style, and preference selection. The findings of this research establish an open-ended framework of a decision support system by dynamic questionnaire to find design solutions for future reference. The fruits of this research will support our society in the continuing quest of home ownership. The results also demonstrate the power of interne to communicate between design teams and integrate products and materials.Without a holistic awareness of building design to construction processes, clients cannot have a big picture of ... Too-much rule of the usera#39;s interface: Some consumer-driven home design applications have been introduced in Chapter 2.7 thatanbsp;...
|Title||:||Using Internet and Query Approach of Customizing Prefabricated Houses|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2008|