Accession Number : AD0696334

Title :   A SURVEY OF PROGRESS IN HOUSE BUILDING.

Descriptive Note : Current papers,

Corporate Author : BUILDING RESEARCH STATION WATFORD (ENGLAND)

Personal Author(s) : Forbes,W. S.

Report Date : JUL 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : The progress of work on a number of housing sites of two storey dwellings was studied to collect information on the man-hour requirements and progress achieved. The distribution of man-hour requirements show a range of just under 600 man-hours a dwelling to just over 1,900 man-hours a dwelling with an average of about 1,110 man-hours. These include all work on site, sub-structures, super-structure and external works. This average is considerably less than the national average generally taken to be of the order of 2,000 man-hours per dwelling. The average requirements for speculative development, local authority traditional and local authority system building were 1,080, 1,200 and 1,070 man-hours per dwelling respectively. Speculative development and local authority system were built significantly faster than local authority traditional building. No complete explanation can be given for the differences in productivity on the different sites. Statistical analysis reveals that such things as the size of the dwellings, the size of the contract, the rate of building or the number of house types taken individually have no consistent effect. There is some evidence from other studies that experience and continuity are important factors and the data from the present survey provide some confirmation of this. Thus grouping, using subjective judgement, sites with few house types, long experience by the builder of building the particular houses, or builders offering continuity of employment for the operatives, shows that for these sites the average man-hour requirements were 940. For the remaining sites the average labour requirement was 1,120 man-hours. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*HOUSING(DWELLINGS), *TIME STUDIES), REVIEWS, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, LABOR, GREAT BRITAIN

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE