The benefits of lean production are various. Lean-to buildings are in most cases viewed, as a win-win situation by most people who are undertaking a particular construction project, be it a business premise or a residential one.
There are a number of financial benefits, which come along with lean-to buildings, lean production methods reduce the costs inclusive with construction but at the same time still maintain the quality of the building. The construction of lean-to buildings takes place through the latest technologies under the proper conditions.
The main financial benefits that are associated with lean-to buildings are:
- Construction is predictable.
- The speed under which the construction takes place is high.
- Ensuring quality control occurs by using the latest and most advanced technologies, which guarantee the quality of the building at every stage.
There are quite a number of environmental benefits associated with lean production, some of these environmental benefits include;
Thermal performance is better. Through various tests conducted on particular buildings, evidence gave fact that with lean production, the air permeability exceeds the required amount by almost 70%. This means that in lean-to buildings, air leakage is minimal and therefore they are more thermally efficient.
Another environmental benefit that comes with lean production is the materials used are ozone friendly. When building lean-to buildings, the materials involved in the insulation of wall, floors and roofs have an OPD of zero, which stands for, Ozone Depleting Potential. This means that during the production of these materials, there is no harm to the ozone layer.
Noise and pollution also reduces with lean production. This happens because the construction vehicles that one may require to and from the construction site are few, thus reducing the amount of pollution in terms of traffic.
Recycling of materials is also possible. With lean production, the construction of the building takes place in sections and if the need ever arose, taking down the same sections through a simple process is possible and the materials used again.
Some of the social benefits that come along with lean production are:
- Safety and health is improved.
- Noise is less thus not affecting the community so much.
There are a few drawbacks to lean-to buildings such as; everyone who is involved in supplying the materials for the construction project is dependent on the prior stage of supply. If one is waiting on outside delivery of stock, there might be delays, there must also be careful consideration of the quality requirements as they might be costly and time consuming. Nonetheless, if management of the project is proper, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.