This case study details the implementation of an extensive program of quality management at Wathen-Castanos, including training, the formation of Work Improvement Groups, benchmarking and the resulting impacts. It also discusses how quality was integrated to help support the building of green and energy efficient homes, all with limited resources. The NHQA criteria was used to coordinate and drive the improvement efforts.
Wathen-Castanos won the EVHA Builder of the Year in 2011, NHQA Bronze in 2010 and Silver in 2011.
The case study ‘Implementing Quality Management at Wathen-Castanos Hybrid Homes’ can be downloaded at this IBACOS webpage.
BEC and IBACOS used the Baldrige based National Housing Quality Award (NHQA) the Energy Value Housing Award (EVHA) and the US Dept of Energy's Builder Challenge as drivers for change at WCHH. The work with WCHH shows that the implementation of quality tools and techniques can be achieved in a short time frame, that quality can be created in a way to allow the organization to sustain and expand its application in the future with limited resources, and that the results and impact of quality implementation can be quickly realized. It also shows that quality management provides an ideal set of tools to support and drive the efficiency and effectiveness of high performance homebuilding methodologies. A clear strategy, communication of the value of the tools and their aim, measurement pre- and post-implementation and clear results were the keys to success. Finally, a champion with a vision and passion to drive quality provides the ultimate role model and energy to achieve and sustain quality.
IBACOS focuses on enabling the housing industry to consistently deliver quality, high performance homes by providing strategic and technical consulting services, tools and resources for homebuilders and by conducting advanced research.
Business Excellence Consulting has a focus on quality managment with particular expertise in the construction industry.