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
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
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
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