Off-site construction offers a combination of the customization of traditional site-built construction and the manufacturing efficiency and quality control a factory environment provides.
When it comes to Building Information Modeling (BIM), the core benefits speak for themselves. But what about the benefits that aren’t as well-known?
From delivering projects faster to reducing costs and improving quality, the future of BIM looks very bright as it continues to bring innovation to construction projects worldwide. But how does BIM work exactly? And how does it benefit the different stages of the construction process?
What is BIM (Building Information Modeling)?
For modular construction, a building method where many of the structure’s parts are prefabricated in a factory setting before being assembled on-site, 2020 and the first part of 2021 proved to be periods of tremendous growth. Why?
With the right moves, real estate developers can be significant players in the move to modular. Timelines will accelerate, construction costs will lower, and efficiencies will increase across the board. Why not start now?
As of late last year, roughly 900 million people were living in informal settlements worldwide, and the UN estimates that by 2030, 3 billion people will need affordable housing in major cities. So, how can cities address the need to build safe, affordable housing in a way that’s still mindful of the environment? The answer may come down to construction methods.
How does this building method become a serious player in the world of global construction?
After years of writing about modular construction, I’m happy to report that this innovative building method is finally making its mark on the global construction industry. But even as modular becomes more accepted in some markets, its popularity still varies widely from region to region.
With permanent modular construction (or PMC), you build with modules, so you spend 90% of the pre-construction time in the design and submittal phase. Of the remaining 10%, up to 95% can be completed in a factory-controlled setting. This makes the actual time on the job site extremely brief compared to traditional builds, but there are 5 crucial steps that need to be taken to make the construction process a success.
To avoid mistakes that can both cost you time and blow your budget, construction firms are focusing more and more on impactful pre-construction practices. Before even breaking ground, meticulous plans are put into place to keep your project on track from start to finish.
With any type of construction, meeting — or missing — a deadline can make or break a project. This is especially true with an off-site build, where efficiency and accelerated timelines are touted as major benefits. These benefits are often the reason the building method is chosen over traditional construction in the first place.
The benefits of off-site construction are undeniable. From more efficient processes to quicker training and safer conditions, the inherent advantages of this unique building method speak for themselves. Still, much of the traditional construction industry has been slow to adopt off-site construction — even in situations where it would be ideal for a particular market.
Why off-site construction is superior to its traditional on-site counterpart?
In construction, collaboration is crucial. Even in the most seamless situations, projects are only successful when all members of the building team come together to make decisions, solve problems, and share information.
Finding the best ways to support and educate our customers is always our top priority, but it’s especially important during this challenging time. By combining free access to our team of experts as well as other members of the industry, we hope to help you better prepare for the future of construction — whatever that future may look like.
Prefab construction has been in use for decades. But new reports are finding the method has become more popular in recent years as architects, engineers, designers, contractors, and buyers recognize its benefits.
The benefits of prefab construction are undeniable. But do these benefits have the power to produce a genuine, widespread, and sustainable impact on the residential and commercial real estate markets?