Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020
Dodge Data & Analytics
The construction industry is poised for transformation due to the increasing adoption of prefabrication and modular construction methods. This shift is driven by the numerous benefits these methods offer, including improved productivity, quality, and schedule certainty. A recent SmartMarket Report highlights the growing frequency of use of these methods in the construction industry, as well as the drivers and obstacles for wider adoption in the future.
The report found that 58% of those involved in prefabrication will be using multi-trade assemblies in the future, which involves the work of several trades combined together, such as a corridor rack in a hospital. This represents a significant increase from the current 33% who are using this approach. Modular construction is also gaining popularity, with 61% of those involved in modular construction reporting that they expect to use the full volumetric approach, in which entire parts of buildings are delivered preconstructed and assembled onsite, in at least 10% of their projects in the next three years. This is up from the 44% who currently employ this method.
The report also found that about 90% of those surveyed reported improved productivity, quality, and schedule certainty when using prefabrication and modular construction methods compared to traditional stick-built construction. This is a major driver for increased adoption, along with improved schedule performance, decreased construction costs, and improved quality. The use of prefabrication and modular construction methods is expected to continue growing in the coming years, as the construction industry looks to improve efficiency and reduce costs while delivering high-quality, sustainable buildings.
In conclusion, the construction industry is undergoing a transformation with the increasing adoption of prefabrication and modular construction methods. These methods offer numerous benefits, including improved productivity, quality, and schedule certainty, which are driving their wider adoption in the industry. As the construction industry continues to evolve, it is likely that prefabrication and modular construction methods will play an increasingly important role in delivering high-quality, sustainable buildings efficiently and cost-effectively.
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