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Off-Site Construction Is A Growing Trend

Posted by Sudesh Jangalee on Feb 11, 2019

According to the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
Off-Site Construction Council, off-site construction is “the planning, design,
fabrication and assembly of building elements at a location other than their
installed location to support the rapid and efficient construction of a
permanent structure.” In other words, it is completing elements of a project at
a different location than where they will be permanently located. Some examples
of off-site construction methods are modular systems (parts or entire buildings
constructed off-site and then transported to a permanent location); structural
insulated panels or SIPS (thermal insulation sandwiched between two panels);
and pre-assembled components (taking materials that would otherwise be
constructed at a site and assembling them in a factory.)

Off-site construction has been an ongoing trend for years
and provides numerous productivity benefits, especially with issues pertaining
to scheduling, labor, quality and cost. The NIBS council recently released
results of its 2018
survey
that provides information on who is using off-site
construction, how it is being used, as well as its benefits and
challenges. This survey is an update to
one initially conducted in 2014. The respondents included contractors, architects,
engineers and developers.

So, what were the results? Of those surveyed, just over 87%
said they had used off-site, prefabricated components
at some point over the
past year and nearly 82% planned on using them in the future. Much of the
off-site construction was utilized for commercial, healthcare, industrial and
multi-family residential sectors.

Respondents listed the primary benefits as increased
cost-effectiveness, better quality products with fewer changes and shorter,
more efficient production schedules. Despite these advantages, the survey also
revealed a few barriers to off-site construction, mainly in last-minute design
changes and the challenge of transporting prefabricated components from the
factory to the construction site.

Safety and security naturally improve when there are fewer
workers and deliveries on a site. After all, a factory provides a more
predictable setting with controlled temperatures. It is, however, important to
safeguard the equipment and people that are
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Greater efficiency, safer conditions, predictable costs and
improved quality are many of the reasons why off-site construction is gaining
popularity and will continue to play a big role in the future.

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