A design of building assembly by Wim Verburg 

A design of building assembly

November 2015 (CTW-CME)


In the 1970s, due to the quantitative housing shortage, policies of the Dutch government concerning the construction of housing was focused on industrialization. These policies allowed concessions to build hundreds of houses in a single project. This resulted in the use of industrialized building techniques.

Nowadays, industrialized construction techniques have developed to off-site production of building products that make assembly on-site possible. With the increasing application of off-site prepared building compartments, the question arises how industries other than the construction industry (car industry etc.) organize their assembly processes. Are the compartments designed in a way they can be assembled directly on-site without any further necessary adjustments?

The main objective of this research is how residential and office construction by assembly can be improved based on the assembly processes/procedures used in other industries. Other objectives are how the current design process can be adjusted based on the findings of the assembly process and how to create an evaluation procedure of residential and office assembly processes.

Research team

  • Prof. dr. ir. J.I.M. (Joop) Halman
  • Dr. drs. J.T. (Hans) Voordijk
  • Ir. W.H. (Wim) Verburg (PhD student)