Offsite construction growth is skyrocketing. According to a report from Frost & Sullivan prefabricated building market will exceed $215 Billion by 2025.
Why is offsite construction so palatable? Here are 5 advantages of modular offsite construction.
Growth Opportunities. “If modular goes mainstream, more manufacturing facilities will be needed to meet the demand for modular buildings,” says Mark Skender, CEO of Skender, a Chicago-based design and construction firm. “So, theoretically, yes, the more modular companies ramp up production, the more industrial facilities will be occupied.” The demand is so strong that billions of dollars are being poured into factories that are changing engineering for modular construction.
Time savings. Because most of the process occurs indoors there is a definite time saving in using offsite modular construction. Some estimate a time savings of 25-50%.The process is more streamlined from start to finish. Build time is reduced since elements are delivered to site instead of built along the way.
Improved quality of work. There are less chances of human error on welding joints or time wasted by changing workers on the job. This results in a higher quality of work. Prefabrication yields excellent quality of work.
Higher safety measures. Safety measures are more easily put in place with offsite construction. “Safety is perhaps the most important benefit of off-site manufacturing,” says Konchar. Not only are employees working in a safe environment, with less risk of injury, but safety on the jobsite is improved. “We are looking closely at the impacts on safety such as less trades working on-site and how we eliminate risk,” he says.
Less wasted materials. Buildoffsite reports says that defects can be reduced by 50% with modular construction. Materials are delivered and stored in bulk that saves waste and deterioration that can occur onsite.