The Design of Production Systems for Low-Income Housing Projects

Fabio K. Schramm1, Dayana B. Costa2 & Carlos T. Formoso3

1Architect, Assistant Professor, Federal University ofPelotas (UFPel), M.Sc. Candidate at NORIE/UFRGS,
2M.Sc., Research Assistant at NORIE/UFRGS,
3Ph.D., Associate Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sui (UFRGS), Building fun ovation Research Unit (NORIE),, Av. Osvaldo Aranha, 99/3° andar. CEP 90035-190 Porto Alegre- RS, Phone: +55 51 3316 3959


In Brazil, the Federal Government has recently increased investments in Programs for lowincome housing. This change has encouraged several construction companies to get involved in the development of house-building projects, which demand different capabilities compared to other market segments. These projects usually consist of fairly large number of house or apartment-building repetitive units, require a relatively short lead-time, and are limited by a fairly small profit margin. The design of the production system has a key importance on the project cost and time performance of such projects. This paper discusses the scope and the main requirements of the production system design in this context. It is based on multiple case studies carried out in the South of Brazil. The main contributions are concerned with the set of decisions involved, tools for the design of the main production flows, and the management of hand-offs between crews.


Production system design, low-income housing, critical processes, work structuring, planning.



Schramm, F.K. , Costa, D.B. & Formoso, C.T. 2004, 'The Design of Production Systems for Low-Income Housing Projects' In:, Bertelsen, S. & Formoso, C.T., 12th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Helsingør, Denmark, 3-5 Aug 2004.

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