Can Social Sustainability Values be Incorporated in a Product Service System for Temporary Public Building Modules?
Journal article, 2017

The temporary constructions industry has cost efficiency and sustainability challenges that may require new innovative business models as well as product and processes. This paperaims to discuss how social sustainability services can be included in product service system (PSS)by investigating a case where employment is offered in distributed temporary building module manufacturing in the PSS context. The case has been evaluated against PSS literature. Recent reviews and literature on inclusion of social sustainability and PSS for buildings were used. It is concluded that the current concept fits basic definitions of PSS although it is not typical. The social value of employment is difficult to evaluate and inclusion in PSS needs further research. Design practice could be used to further develop the services in the studied concept.

social sustainability

product service system

temporary modular buildings


Martin Kurdve


Mälardalens högskola

Heleen de Goey


Procedia CIRP

2212-8271 (eISSN)

Vol. 64 193-198

Subject Categories

Other Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Economics and Business

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship



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