Nearly half (45%) of contractors currently using prefabrication/modularization have seen increased use in the last three years, while 51% say that implementation has remained the same. The recent growth in the use of these approaches is likely driven by their benefits, such as increased jobsite efficiency.
The National Research Council says that prefabrication
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The Autumn Budget announced that government departments will favour offsite construction from next year. But are main contractors ready – and willing – to embrace this modular revolution?
If you listen to the hype, then 2018 is set to be the year when we see manufacturing companies hammering home their adoption of technology. And hopefully in a way that is far more impactful than simply demonstrating they know what all of the cool acronyms mean.
After all, we are embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and we have the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). At least we get told this often enough that it must be true. So just where is all the excitement focused?
Prefabricated buildings are developed utilizing construction structures and parts. These parts are industrial facility manufactured and are later transported nearby to be gathered into a building or construction site. This saves the time in construction and, consequently picking up prominence crosswise over applications, for example, industrial construction, commercial construction, and residential construction. It includes frames, modular structures, or assembly of parts and components that are used in the construction industry. It is a strategy for development in which the segments of any building or structure are created, in a particular assembling office and are then introduced at the construction site. Different kinds of materials utilized for assembling of prefabricated frameworks are wooden boards, metal panels, composites, plastics, glass, and other strengthened plastics.
Although prefabrication isn’t a new building method, recent advancements have renewed the spotlight on its enhanced capabilities. Where designs were once limited and often conjured up images of industrial big boxes, prefab can be easily customized and is relevant for many applications, including healthcare and hospitality. As it has in most realms, technology is a major driving force behind prefab’s maturation.
There is now unprecedented demand for bathroom pods – for high end apartment schemes, mixed-use developments, social housing and build-to-rent. This shift towards offsite is driven by the shortage of skilled labour, particularly in the South East; issues with consistent quality, and the construction industry’s poor record of on time and on budget delivery. The publication of reports such as the Farmer Review and the Government’s Construction 2025 strategy have both highlighted the need to move more work offsite.