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What Drives the Adoption of Prefabrication and Modular Construction?

By Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Improved quality, decreased cost, and enhanced schedule performance drives the increased use of prefabrication and modular construction.

FREMONT, CA: Construction Industry seeks to improve quality, safety, productivity, cost, schedule, and sustainability performance. The industry is hugely demanding technologies that can help it face workforce shortages and cost uncertainties. Prefabrication and modular construction greatly help to address the challenges mentioned above in 2020. The term ‘prefabrication’ refers to assemblies manufactured under factory conditions and then transported to construction sites for incorporation into the building or civil engineering works. They are much faster than conventional homes to rebuild. They allow producing quality homes in multiple numbers at any one time.

Accordingly, modular construction refers to a process in which buildings are manufactured off-site in factories, under controlled building conditions but with the same building codes and standards as conventional construction methods. Here, the buildings are produced in modules that, when put together on-site, will be the same as the design intent. Modular buildings can be disassembled where the modules can be relocated or refurbished for new use. It reduces the risk of accidents and related liabilities for workers.

Here are some of the positive forces that will drive the adoption of prefabrication and modular construction in the construction industry.

According to a survey conducted with architects, engineers, general contractors, and trades, it was observed that improving project schedule performance will be the top future driver for prefabrication. It will significantly reduce construction costs. One of the highest demands from design firms is improving project quality, which in turn triggers the companies to embrace fabrication as a valid element of their design solution.

On the other hand, another study conducted with these respondents showed that as the desire to improve productivity grows, constructors start adopting modular construction.  The respondents site the influence of workforce shortages, safety, and productivity that drives the adoption. Also, construction companies are looking for ways to stay ahead of their competitors through modular construction.

Therefore, provide the industry participants with the quantification of the benefits of prefabrication and modular construction.

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