30.7.08

BuHu 9th International Postgraduate Conference

(Abstract Acceptance - 111)

BARRIERS TO INDUSTRIALIZED BUILDING SYSTEMS: THE CASE OF MALAYSIA

Kamar, K. 1, Alshawi, M. 1 and Hamid, Z. 2
k.a.mohamadkamar@pgr.salford.ac m.a.alshawi@salford.ac.uk zuhairi@cidb.gov.my
1 The Research Institute for Built and Human Environment (BuHu), University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, M5 4WT, UK
2 Construction Research Institute of Malaysia (CREAM), Level 10, Grand Seasons Avenue, 72, Jalan Pahang, 50772, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

Abstract:

Industrialized Building System (IBS) construction has been introduced in Malaysia to cope with over reliance on foreign workers, improving image, quality and productivity of construction related services. To achieve the objectives, IBS Roadmap 2003-2010 has been introduced by the government of Malaysia to guide practitioners, government agencies and professional bodies on the implementation plan. This paper depicted a case study on the usage of IBS technology in Malaysia and highlights current issues and barriers to IBS implementation. Some of the barriers are readiness issues, negative perception from the users and professionals, lack of integration, lack of awareness program, persist technical failures and higher construction cost. This paper reports on literature reviews and analysis on recent publications. Finally, the paper produce recommendations to increase IBS take up in Malaysia. It is hoping that the research will create future path for benchmarking study with other countries and further research to improve IBS implementation in Malaysia.

Keywords: Barriers, Implementation, Industrialised Building System (IBS), Malaysia, Recommendations

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