Once the step-child of modern design, off-site builds are now hotter than ever. In recent years, off-site construction has become a popular, productive and profitable way to construct buildings. These projects can range from whole-building modular solutions to prefabricated components.
What is Off-Site Construction?
Off-site construction is a term that refers to any building process that occurs in a different location from the actual installation. It involves the process of planning, designing, fabricating, transporting and assembling building elements in both prefabrication and modular construction. Structures that are built off-site are created under plant conditions, but they typically use the same materials and adhere to the same codes and standards as conventional builds.
5 Benefits of Building Off-Site
1) Shorter, more Reliable Construction Schedules
In off-site construction, the building and site work proceed separately and simultaneously, which allows projects to finish more quickly. According to a McGraw Hill study, off-site builds show a 30 percent increase in labor productivity.
Projects built off-site more frequently meet established timeframes, because they are not typically delayed by uncontrollable factors, like weather conditions. Since conditions are controlled, it’s also easier to predict production schedules.
2) Reduced Labor and Materials Costs
Off-site builds also significantly reduce overhead. Since smaller workforces are required to complete most projects, general contractors can save on wages. Production expenses may also drop, because factories are able to buy materials in bulk.
3) An Eco-Friendly Build
Traditional construction often uses less recycled materials and more heavy equipment that generates air and noise pollution. Since components are manufactured and assembled in a factory environment, there is less material waste and fewer site disturbances with off-site construction.
4) Greater Quality Control
A factory-based process of building prefabricated segments provides a higher level of quality. With careful planning and execution, builders are able to avoid last-minute problems or conflicts that can disrupt traditional construction projects.
5) Safer Construction
Since an off-site build frequently occurs in a factory setting, workers face less hazardous conditions. Without variables like bad weather, the likelihood of errors also decreases dramatically.
Although it may not be practical for every project, off-site construction is fast becoming a viable building alternative.