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Industrialized building systems: Strategic outlook for manufactured construction in Malaysia

Lou, Eric and Kamar, KAM (2012) Industrialized building systems: Strategic outlook for manufactured construction in Malaysia. Journal of Architectural Engineering, 18 (2). pp. 69-74. ISSN 1076-0431

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Abstract

The Malaysian construction industry (CI) orchestrates an essential role in generating wealth for the nation and facilitates the development of the social and economic well-being of the country. A myriad of definitions and classifications, such as off-site construction (OSC), modern method of construction (MMC), offsite manufacturing (OSM), off-site production (OSP), preassembly, and prefabrication, are worth examination. The term and classification were often misinterpreted as a system limited only for construction of buildings. In response to the CIMP, championed by CIDB, the industry has been urged to use innovative construction techniques, methods, and technologies to shift from traditional practices to IBS construction. The contractors often moan about the lack of incentives in implementing IBS for the short and long term; private organizations will require quick wins to convince top management and operational staff and to incorporate an organizational IBS strategy in the long term.

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