Background & Motivation

The need for well-built, affordable homes is increasing. Consumers are demanding—and policy makers are requiring—a more sustainable means of constructing buildings. A manufacturing approach to homebuilding is capable of alleviating these pressures, offering the benefits of reduced cost and cycle time, reduced waste, and increased quality. Researchers have compared an approach to building in which construction takes place in a manufacturing environment to traditional on-site methods and have identified several advantages, such as better inventory control, more efficient utilization of workers, easier implementation of new technologies, and controlled working environments. Other research has confirmed that industrialized construction brings opportunities for lower cost, shorter cycle time, reduced risk, increased quality, and greater construction flexibility. Notwithstanding these benefits, the offsite construction domain has been slow to implement the level of automation/mechanization needed to leverage the benefits of manufacturing. This underscores the tremendous potential for growth of building manufacturing, if the way of thinking about building manufacturing can be reframed through novel training and research.

Scope of the journal

Research topics in industrialized construction including:

  • Industry 4.0
  • Production Planning and Analysis
  • Robotics
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Mass Timber Buildings
  • Design for Sustainability 
  • BIM Applications 
  • Simulation
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Ergonomics and Safety
  • Computer Vision
  • Innovations in Modular Construction
  • Machine Learning and Computational Analytics

Copyright Policy

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Indexing

The journal is open access and is hosted by the University of Alberta Libraries. University of Alberta Libraries is a member of CrossRef, and each paper published in the International Journal of Industrialized Construction will be assigned a unique DOI (Digital Object Identifier). Papers will be widely discoverable in Google Scholar, and will be submitted for indexing in both open access directories and traditional indexing services. There are no fees associated with submission, publishing or accessing the journal. There are no charges to authors for publication.

Rolling Publishing Schedule

In order to speed up the publishing process and ensure that the articles are made available to readers as soon as possible, the International Journal of Industrialized Construction will publish on a rolling basis. As soon as a paper has completed the peer review and editing processes, it will be made available. Our rolling publishing schedule means research is published online in the current issue as soon as it's ready. 

Citing papers from the International Journal of Industrialized Construction

When citing papers from the International Journal of Industrialized Construction in publications that require that journal names are abbreviated in the reference list, please abbreviate as per the guidelines specified in the List of Title Word Abbreviations (in accordance with ISO 4):

         Int. J. Industrialized Constr.