QFD in improving constructability
The QFD application for constructability is developed within
CRUX project "Design for Construction"
of STAR research program "
System engineering in construction" at VTT Building Technology
QFD (Quality Function Deployment) is a tool for verifying client requirements and
needs to product characteristics and properties. It has been applied successfully in
other industries. In STAR COMET, QFD has been tested in customer oriented
building design. In CRUX, the objective is to define the possibilities QFD offers for
QFD is not developed for one-off type product development but rather for the
management of a continuous product development process. In construction
industry, QFD is most suitable for the development of building products;
components and materials.
CRUX will focus on the use of QFD while analysing constructability
aspects in a building component development process.
Project will produce a methodology for continuous product development
towards better constructability. Methodology consists of:
- the description of the means for constructability data acquisition (measurement
of client satisfaction)
- description of a generic product delivery process to help to identify the
customer needs and constructability factors in each step of the delivery
- tools for weighting various needs of the production personnel.
Methodology will be applied by building component producers as part of
their product development cycle.
Impact on process lead time
Direct impact through better constructability of building components.
Point of contact: Petri Laurikka, VTT Building Technology,
P.O.Box 1802, FIN-33101 TAMPERE, Finland, Tel: +358 31 316 3436, Fax:
+358 31 316 3497, Email:
Updated 26.6.1995 by
Project Planning and Building Design research team,