Predicting Australian builders’ intentions to use prefabrication

Steinhardt, Dale A., Manley, Karen, & Miller, Wendy (2014) Predicting Australian builders’ intentions to use prefabrication.


This study presents the results of the first large scale survey of Australian builders’ beliefs about prefabrication, drawing on 454 surveys completed by representatives of building companies in Queensland and Western Australia. Previous literature has identified a number of broad themes affecting the uptake of prefabrication. The current study builds on this work by using a structured theoretical model based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), to further explore the specific factors influencing builders’ intentions to increase their use of prefabrication. Information was gathered concerning the characteristics of respondents in addition to three aims. The aims were:

(1) To identify the relative importance of a number of key factors which may affect builders’ use of prefabrication,

(2) To compare the characteristics of builders using various levels of prefabrication (including none), and;

(3) To determine if a model based on the TPB, TAM, and other control variables can explain builders’ intentions to adopt prefabrication on their housing projects.

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ID Code: 81179
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Keywords: prefabricated, modular, housing, Australia, survey
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Authors
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2015 00:42
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2015 00:43

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