Concerned with Improving Efficiency? Consider Prefabrication and Modularization

Concerned with Improving Efficiency? Consider Prefabrication and Modularization

During these unstable economic times of uncertainty and flat growth, construction companies continue looking for cost-cutting and efficiency measures that can help squeeze out profits on construction jobs. One popular commercial construction trend that continues to grow is the use of prefabrication and offsite construction methods. Construction companies are turning to prefabrication, otherwise known as modular building to help with the struggle of finding skilled labor to staff job sites and ensure completion goals are met with customer satisfaction. In addition, prefabrication reduces construction time, and creates less waste.

Prefabricated buildings, also known as "prefabs" are manufactured off-site from the construction zone. Prefabs are built in mostly standard sections that are then shipped to the construction site and assembled together. As noted above, Prefab has mostly become popular for reducing costs through completing the construction timeline earlier, spending less on materials, and less labor costs. One recent study of a large construction site showed major cost-savings. Through prefabrication, managers were able to reduce a typical 36-month construction job to 29.5 months, shedding 6.5 months off the project. That is an 18 percent decrease in construction time which resulted in a 6 percent cost direct premium savings.

Using prefabrication is also directly related to less waste. It has been shown that regular construction projects can result in more wasted materials. Construction crews must throw away material and start over from scratch with new material. Prefabricated materials, on the other hand, are made in a controlled factory setting where fewer mistakes happen. Plus, any material can easily be reused to manufacture new parts. In fact, prefabrication has found an uncommon ally with environmentalist groups. Since prefab is produced and constructed more efficiently than regular on-site construction, it consumes less energy and creates less waste going to landfills. In addition, prefabs are able to meet the same high-quality energy-use standards. This has resulted in high praise from the environmental community usually opposed to construction.

Prefabrication does have some detractors; however, the growth of the unique design and construction culture has been risk averse to prefabricated design. The importance of creative and one of a kind architectural designs can run quite the opposite of prefabrication philosophy. However, new creative designs and flexibility in prefab construction will help create unique building designs moving forward. In fact, some current prefabs include architectural designs such as futurist and postmodernism to name a few.

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