Construction’s Increased Reliance on Prefabrication is Just the Beginning
Prefabrication is the answer to one of the construction industry’s most pressing challenges: a lack of skilled workers. Builders shed millions of jobs after the bottom fell out of the housing market, and enlisting craftsmen now is proving difficult.
According to a June 6th Wall Street Journal article, “a shortage of skilled workers is stirring a variety of responses in the construction industry, from higher wages to an increasing reliance on prefabrication work.”
Prefab does indeed save on labor costs, enabling work dependent on skilled workers (and weather) to be done inside a factory by fewer people. But that’s just one of prefab’s benefits.