Comparison of Japanese and British off-site housing manufacturers and its relation with low/zero energy/carbon houses

Pablo Jimenez-Moreno, John Brennan

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Abstract

This study has the objective to compare how Mass Customisation processes have been utilised to deliver sustainable housing in Japan and the United Kingdom (UK). Nowadays, Japanese manufacturers have to lead the mass prefabrication of dwellings that accompanied with strict local environmental policies, are capable of delivering zero-energy houses in marketable prices, and aim to introduce zero-carbon models in coming years. Their high-quality production systems are a consequence of decades of self-improvement and constant sales. On the other side, the UK government and industry advisors have stressed the necessity of increasing the use of off-site/modern methods of construction, not only to fulfil the housing shortage but as a solution to the energy performance issues. Therefore, this study presents a comparison between both contexts based on visits to housing factories. The information gathered on the visits was complemented with related literature and economic and socio-political quantitative data. The objective of this paper is to highlight the differences and similarities of both practices to identify the barriers that the introduction of the Japanese practice could have in the UK; which open the discourse of implementing Mass Customisation strategies to achieve higher energy efficiency and to promote the use of renewables.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDesign to Thrive, PLEA 2017
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Sue Roaf, Fergus Nicol
PublisherNCEUB 2017 - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings
Pages1533-1540
Number of pages8
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895754
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2017
Event33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20175 Jul 2017

Conference

Conference33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period2/07/175/07/17

Keywords

  • housing
  • Japan vs. UK
  • mass customisation
  • off-site construction
  • zero energy/carbon

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