Standardization for the circular economy: Is there a sweet spot between standardization and individualization in construction?

Julia Köhler, Karoline Fogh Gustafsson , Christian Thuesen, Stefan Christoffer Gottlieb, Nicolaj Frederiksen, Andreas de Gier

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Abstract

Standardization has been proposed as a solution to bridge the construction industry’s fragmentation and allows the reuse of designs, the repetition of processes, and the creation of organizational learning (Jones et al., 2022). At the same time, standardization has been argued to introduce uniformity and monotonous design to products. In facilitating repetition, standardization presents a potential avenue to promote circularity in construction by reusing processes, designs, and materials, thereby reducing the overall use of resources. The question is whether there is a sweet spot between standardization and individualization that allows us to align with schedules, budgets, and the resource availability while maintaining a sufficient level of customization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding A Circular Future - Insights from Interdisciplinary Reseach
Number of pages5
PublisherBLOXHUB
Publication date2024
Pages37-41
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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