By Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Prefabrication, a term closely associated with offsite and modular construction, has been a trend in construction over the last few decades.
Fremont, CA: Construction sites are cramped, busy, and often located in dense urban environments or untouched rural areas, where traveling is stressful. Transporting materials and machinery can be a huge task, which also raising costs and lengthens timelines of construction projects big and small. Prefabrication is one of the most promising answers to reduce building costs and ease the construction process. To sum up, prefabrication is a process where structures are manufactured elsewhere but set up on-site. Hence, prefabrication is going to be more than a passing trend; in a few regions, modular construction has already gained steady popularity for residential construction. The experts have predicted that modular construction will increase 6 percent by the year 2022.
Although prefabrication means that we lose flexibility in the final design of a building, if implemented correctly, it can bring about massive benefits to a commercial project, stakeholders, and contractors.
Overcoming the labor shortage- Finding laborers is one of the most painful jobs for contractors, but construction still needs to happen. Prefabrication helps companies to make the most of the labor they have on-site, increase productivity, and compete in the marketplace efficiently.
Better safety and security- If a construction site's timeframe is reduced, it is less liable to vandalism or theft. The prefab, modular or manufactured pieces reach the site in larger chunks, which results in the building itself to go up faster, and can be secured much sooner.
Time management- The construction of a modular building can go up as much as 50% faster than the traditional one, taking a project from conception to completion quickly and easily, which results in reaching the return on investment fast. This aspect is particularly crucial for massive civil projects that can be very weather-dependent. While racing with a rainy season, time is of the essence, and prefabrication can help maintain tighter timelines.
These benefits are attracting more interest in prefabrication as a tool for streamlining construction and saving a lot of money for the companies. The Stakeholders, managers, contractors, and laborers all face simpler work requirements, driving many more innovations in the field.
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