Fostering prefabrication in construction projects – case MEP in Finland

Rita Lavikka, Krishna Chauhan, Antti Peltokorpi, Olli Seppänen

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Prefabrication increases construction project performance. However, the construction sector has not widely adopted it in Finland. This study focuses on understanding the barriers, enablers, value addition, and value capture of different construction project stakeholders when implementing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) prefabrication. Based on a literature study and semi-structured interviews, the paper proposes that the implementation of MEP prefabrication should be seen as a challenge of implementing a systemic innovation. The implementation of a systemic innovation necessitates the buy-in of main project stakeholders, namely the owner, designers, general contractor, MEP sub-contractors, and MEP fabricator. This study provides evidence of the value added activities of each stakeholder to implement MEP prefabrication. The study implies that MEP prefabrication can be a ‘win-win’ situation for all stakeholders of a project network, which at its best, can be described as a project ecosystem. The research proposes ways to boost MEP prefabrication in construc-tion projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, ECPPM 2018
Subtitle of host publicationeWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
EditorsJan Karlshøj, Raimar Scherer
PublisherChapman and Hall/CRC
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-50621-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-58413-6
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


  • Prefabrication
  • MEP
  • Systemic Innovation
  • Construction


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