July 28, 2017
Though the U.S. construction industry has been hesitant to embrace off-site, or modular, construction, the need is becoming greater than the resistance. To that end, the industry is dealing with a gap in its skilled-labor channel, and the need to complete more projects, more quickly.
Construction Dive recently listed five trends that could shape the future of off-site construction, one of which is today’s productivity needs. Here are the other four trends to look for:
- More general contractors are partnering with prefab manufacturers.
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) and early collaboration are becoming important.
- More major companies will start to look off-site for help.
- Early adopters will turn to education to boost off-site interest.
A 2014 report from the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) found 93% of respondents used off-site methods to some degree. Respondents said the main benefits were project timeline reductions and cost effectiveness.
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