American Society of Civil Engineers

Industrialized Building Systems Construction in Malaysia

by Yuosre F. Badir, (Res., Housing Res. Center, Fac. of Engrg., Univ. of Putra Malaysia, UPM, 43400, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; presently, Res. Assoc. at Logistics, Economic, and Mgmt. Unit (LEM), Civ. Engrg. Dept., Swiss Federal Inst. of Technol.-Lausanne EPFL, CH-1015, Lausanne, Switzerland. E-mail:, M. R. Abdul Kadir, (Assoc. Prof., Deputy Dean of Fac. of Engrg., and Assoc. Dir. of Housing Res. Center, Univ. of Putra Malaysia, 43400, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia), and Ahmed H. Hashim, (Doctor, Fac. of Human Ecology, Univ. of Putra Malaysia, 43400, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia)

Journal of Architectural Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 1, March 2002, pp. 19-23, (doi:

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Abstract: Available literature indicates that considerable research efforts have been directed toward the “hardware elements” of the industrialized building systems technology. However, the hardware elements are only concerned with the structure itself. Nonetheless, to date, the “software elements” of the industrialized building systems, which are concerned with the data and information available on the system, users, clients, establishment of manufacturing and assembly layout and process, as well as allocation of resources and material, have received little attention. There is, therefore, a dire need to overcome the shortage in the software elements of the building system research. This paper reports a survey conducted on industrialized building system construction companies. The main objective is to present the building system technologies existing in Malaysia and to examine problems and constraints associated with these technologies.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Construction industry
Construction materials
Industrial facilities
Precast concrete