Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1986

Degree Name

Master of Science in Civil Engineering - (M.S.)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

First Advisor

Edward G. Dauenheimer

Second Advisor

Walter Konon


The primary purpose of this report is to introduce the economical value in utilizing certain "systems building" applications. In this report I focus on integrated system methodologies that encourage residential building economy and submit such systems as a viable alternative to traditional labor intensive housing construction. The consumer market that could be particularly enhanced by these systems ranges from low income to middle income and the by-product would be classified as "affordable" housing.

This report focuses on the New Jersey real estate market and presents certain prefabricated housing systems as an economical means of meeting the large demand for residential housing. I particularly recommend traditional type wooden modular and component systems and suggest ways of implementing their use into the New Jersey market. I also take the reader through a functional systems analysis exercise and illustrate the resulting functional design.

Throughout this paper I try and touch on many levels of building economy. Particular consideration is given to the following areas: function, cost, quality, value, control, productivity, computer application, and economies of scale.



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