Off-site construction isn’t new, but its popularity has been growing. This growth, combined with today’s technology and economic conditions, is driving industry trends and changing the way we work. Here are just a few we’re seeing.
More Contractor-Prefabricator Partnerships
With ongoing skilled labor shortages and an increasing need for effiency on the jobsite, contractors are increasingly partnering with prefabricators. Having a reliable partner helps contractors get the quality components they need, when they need them, to keep projects moving. Off-site construction also produces less waste, which helps contractors save money and meet their (or their clients’) sustainability goals.
Using Technology to Collaborate
Making changes once a project is underway can be costly — in terms of both time and money. To avoid this, prefabricators are using BIM (building information modeling) to collaborate with other stakeholders early on and lay the groundwork for success. BIM allows them to build a detailed model of a project before it begins, helping them to spot and solve potential issues and optimize who will do their part when.
More Standards in More Places
ICC/MBI (International Code Council / Modular Building Institute) standards are helping to create more clarity and consistency in off-site construction. More states are looking at adopting their Standard 1200, which ensures quality components that comply with building code requirements, and Standard 1205, which provides guidance for permitting and inspections. The ICC/MBI is also developing Standard 1210 for release later this year, addressing energy efficiency, water conservation, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing requirements for off-site projects.