Value Stream in Housing Design

Kelma Pinheiro Leite1 & José de Paula Barros Neto2

1Architect and Urban Planner, Master student at the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil. Tel.: +55 85- 99696902, [email protected]
2Civil Engineer, PhD in Business Administration from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Titular Teacher of the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, [email protected]


The introduction of lean thinking in construction, and the achieved benefits, is prompting companies to adopt Lean Design. This research aims proposes improvements to the flow of information in the design of housing enterprises according to the Lean Thinking principles (LT). The companies’ lack of knowledge about its own design processes hinders the identification of activities that do not add value, and it brings about the question “how to minimize the waste generated in the construction companies’ design process?” This research uses the lean tool Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to represent and analyze information throughout the elaboration of vertical multi-familiar housing projects. The method adopted to achieve the goal, includes a case study in a construction company that uses lean principles and is implementing Lean Design, and data analysis. The results highlight the current and future/ideal VSMs, with suggestions for improvements in the analyzed process.


Architecture, Value Stream Mapping.



Leite, K. P. & Neto, J. P. B. 2013. Value Stream in Housing Design , 21th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , 419-428.

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