Scope of Design for Production of Partition
Walls and Facade Coverings
Karen Maneschi* and Silvio Melhado
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Escola Politecnica – USP, Construction Engineering Department, University of Sao Paulo, Capitao Joao Cesario 248,
Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, 03603-000
In Brazil, the incorporation of design for the production of partition walls and facade coverings into construction
companies’ working methods has generated signiﬁcant improvements in the construction development and
rationalization processes, providing performance improvements and competitive advantages to these
companies. The design of these elements – besides offering excellent information support to enable the
design managers to make strategic decisions – also generates important data for the production team.
Therefore, it becomes an essential tool for achieving compatibility and buildability in construction. Some
researchers have demonstrated the relevance of production design in the construction industry; however, the
required content of the design has not received sufﬁcient attention from academics and professionals. In this
context, the article presents the results of research that aims to establish a Brazilian pattern for developing
design for the production of partition walls and facade coverings, with reference to professionals’ needs.
B Keywords – Building construction; covering; design for production; design scope; facade covering; masonry; partition walls
INTRODUCTION Numerous difﬁculties often arise between clients
The ﬁerce competition among construction and design professionals, both technical and
companies in Brazil, due to the demand for housing commercial, although the difﬁculties are exacerbated
and the opening of capital in the private sector, in Brazil because of the lack of standards and
boosts the search for rationalized construction in the regulations that can ease those relationships.
quest for a competitive differential. The lack of reference for the technical scope of
There has been an increased demand for design services, as well as the lack of deﬁnition of
production design, which is used as a tool for the design content delivered by the professionals,
optimizing and rationalizing construction, due to the generates a distortion in hiring designers and
inherent design interface between partition walls stimulates competition by pricing without a clear
and facade coverings, structure, building services relationship between the design price and its quality.
and all the other subsystems. This scenario leads to conﬂicts between design
However, this specialty of design has not been clients and designers during the process, in addition
fully explored, as the client, for the most part, to creating losses in the construction process and in
ignores the correct time for recruiting these the quality of real estate projects.
designers, as well as its potential to improve the In this