The Process PlatformPrint
Here follows a general description of the E2ReBuild process platform, and an introduction to the activities included in it.
The platform is based on regarding a refurbishment project as a series of activities, undertaken and categorised in the regular project phases. The activities in one of the demonstration projects (the Halmstad demo) were identified and documented. Lessons learned from the other demonstration projects were included in the descriptive texts. Since contents vary but activities remain much the same between projects, this map of a refurbishment process can be overlaid new projects, thus improving transparency, predictability and the possibilities for improvements from project to project.
Very likely, the platform introduced here, based on the Halmstad demo, will not fit your projects. In fact, it does not even fit the other demonstration projects, which had very varying contexts. Identifying an easily accessible platform where all the information from all the demonstration projects fit in is not doable. However, if not for the exact sequence of events in any project, the map serves as a blueprint of a working method. The main merit of developing a process map from a demonstration project is that it increases the credibility of this method. Your process map should be developed in the same manner: track a project and identify the activities, fit them into the phases and describe them including the actors, deliverables and so on. Establish this map and its descriptions as your preferred method of working in the next project and the one after that. Use it as a project guide, and communications tool. Improve on it between the projects.
The E2ReBuild process platform has the following contents.
Table 1: Overview of the process platform
The process map has a table comprising 22 bullet points representing identified relevant topics. Four columns represent subsequent phases of the refurbishment process: Brief Development, Design, Production, and Delivery. Clicking on a phase title brings a new window with generic description of the phase. Three rows classify topics into thematic aspects of collaboration: Common goals, Common organisations, and Common economic incentives. Each of the 22 bullet point topics is a clickable item. Once clicked, it brings a new window with brief summary of the collected knowledge and practical examples from demonstration projects. The user is given possibility to explore the topics that are of highest interest of him/her. This process map is based on a collaborative approach and does not fit the business plans of all the demonstrations buildings. However, it is the one recommended for and industrial approach to refurbishment. The others can be found in the deliverables. Kaizen is a concept established in the manufacturing industry and indicates the practice of constantly improving a process incrementally, based on hands-on experience.