Offsite Construction Grows in Popularity

Window & Door
January 22, 2019

Nearly all respondents (87.6 percent) to the 2018 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey from the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council indicated they had used offsite fabricated components in the past 12 months. NIBS defines offsite construction as “the planning, design, fabrication and assembly of building elements at a location other than their final point of assembly onsite.” About 82 percent expect to use offsite fabricated components more often or the same amount in the next 12 months.

The 205 participants in the survey indicated the delivery method can boost overall quality and reduce changes throughout the construction process. It also can reduce the project schedule, especially in the construction phase. Respondents indicated they use method in elements for single-family construction 18.46 percent of the time, a jump from the 8 percent in the 2014 survey. 

The study also indicated that, as the labor shortage continues to challenge the industry, offsite construction may become a necessity for contractors as they compete with a lower-skilled workforce.