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Off-Site Construction Council Releases Survey

Friday, January 11, 2019

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The National Institute of Building Sciences has released the results of its Off-Site Construction Industry Survey, which found that a majority of professionals have utilized off-site components.

The Findings

The initial survey was released four years ago by the NIBS’s Off-Site Construction Council. The most recent numbers are a follow-up to that original survey.

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The National Institute of Building Sciences has released the results of its Off-Site Construction Industry Survey, which found that a majority of professionals have utilized off-site components.

A total of 205 professionals from around the United States participated, ranging in positions across the building industry, including construction managers, general contractors, engineers, trade contractors, architects and owners/developers.

Some of the key findings include:

  • 87.62 percent of respondents indicated they had utilized off-site fabricated components to some degree over the past 12 months, while 81.63 percent expected to utilize off-site construction more often or the same amount in the next 12 months;
  • The participants are using off-site elements for commercial construction, industrial, healthcare, education, multi-family, hospitality, single-family and data center construction;
  • Respondents indicated that although off-site construction requires moderately or significantly higher levels of engagement, the increased integration and collaboration throughout the delivery process can result in higher quality and reduced changes throughout construction;
  • The respondents identified the primary benefit of off-site construction to be a reduced overall project schedule, and specifically, the duration of the construction phase;
  • Other realized benefits, they said, included quality of the product and cost effectiveness;
  • Construction culture and late design changes were the most significant barriers recognized;
  • The construction manager or general contractor is the one most often to implement off-site construction; and
  • Additional education is needed for current decision makers and owners, who have the potential to demand the use of off-site construction.

Click here to view the full survey results.

   

Tagged categories: Good Technical Practice; Industry surveys; Market trends; National Institute of Building Sciences; North America; Trends

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