Building elements, such as prefabricated roof and facade elements based on wooden frame constructions are built with the same materials and to the same building codes and architectural specifications as traditional construction. Once assembled, they are virtually indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts.
In establishing efficient, profitable construction processes, there is a growing need for prefabrication and information sharing for all parties involved in a project. Prefabrication (prefab) is an important component in a more efficient supply chain and in the effort to reduce construction costs and shorten lead times. Underlying this development are factors such as increasing demands for quality at all stages, and on system and concept solutions where technically more advanced manufacturing cannot be performed at construction sites, as well as increased standardization.
Other benefits of modular construction include:
- When building in a factory, waste is reduced by efficient logistics and by recycling materials, controlling inventory and protecting building materials and equipment. In addition, this allows using dry materials, the potential for high levels of moisture being trapped in the new construction is eliminated. Indoor working conditions are also increasingly favoured by construction workers.
- Most of the construction is carried out indoors, which mitigates the risk of weather delays. Buildings are occupied sooner, creating a faster return on investment.
- Safer construction as the indoor environment reduces the risks of accidents and related liabilities for workers.
Prefabrication of building elements relies on advanced Building Information Modeling (“BIM”) for visualization, to assess the energy performance and identify the most cost-effective efficiency measures. Prefabrication is ideal for digitalization, systematizing the construction process, materials and human resources and facilitating the use of robots.
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