Prefabricated structures have come a long way since their beginnings. Many possible materials mean you can have almost any kind of project built in-factory before on-site assembly. In turn, developers can construct buildings in much less time while saving money and reducing waste. Here’s how prefab tech has taken off around the world.
Prefabmarket has previously covered how prefab structures can benefit different regions. While most developers can benefit from construction that’s affordable, fast, and sustainable, these factors don’t have equal weight around the world.
Africa, for example, is home to many markets ready for a modular boom more than anywhere else.
There are many reasons to believe prefab could solve housing problems there that traditional building cannot. Many nations currently face a skills gap in the construction industry, and prefabricated structures require almost no onsite labor. In-factory manufacturing makes them a reliable choice less prone to building errors. Furthermore, the lack of waste management infrastructure in many areas makes prefab an environmentally sustainable option.
Australia and many other developed nations have restrictively high labor costs.
In Australia’s case, the rise in construction union worker wages is outpacing that of their building’s prices by double. This trend is directly responsible for the industry’s huge corporate distress rates. Since prefabrication reduces the amount of necessary manpower to a fraction of what developers otherwise need, you can see up to 70% saved on labor costs.
North America and Europe have many social projects made with prefab structures.
Besides emergency flat pack housing that can be set up in a matter of days, you can build permanent modular buildings in a few months. It’s no wonder prefabricated structures are used for issues that need to be addressed fast, like housing for the homeless. Many traditional stick-frame projects that were made for social housing are also perfect for modular re-engineering, like two in Chile featured here with free plans available to download.