5 trends that are shaping the future of offsite construction

Off-site manufacturing construction has changed the way the world builds and responds to challenges of infrastructure development. India has moved into top gear in an effort to meet the growing infrastructural, residential and commercial needs of the people. The future of manufacturing is shifting off-site to expedite the change. While the construction industry is still hesitant to embrace changes in traditional working methods, here are trends that industry leaders can look at.

Rising demands for housing
The high and ever increasing demand for housing is a challenge for contractors and builders. The Increasing number of projects they need to handle is putting a strain on their ability to manage multiple sites spread across a wide area. Finding labor to handle the projects becomes difficult. Modular construction takes 40-60% labor off a site making contractors join hands with manufacturers of prefabs.
Need for speeding up construction and reducing cost

The need for greater productivity has driven the industry towards off site manufacturing in an effort ot speed up work and reduce costly work stoppages. Reduction in work hours of laborers adds up to further gains as pay outs are reduced.

Need for collaboration
The construction industry relies more heavily on early collaboration to start work early and to carry it on smoothly. Conceptualizing and designing together using BIM results in more accuracy at implementation stages and reduces need for changes and alterations that cost time and money.

Growing need for offsite construction
The various factors like volume of work, need for speed and accuracy, concern for standardization of work, and concern for cost control are all pushing contractors, builders and project managers to opt for offsite construction to complete projects.

Early mover advantage
Early adapters have demonstrated that offsite construction can integrate old designs with new methods. One of the major concerns that prevented builders from embracing offsite was the idea that established brand styles would be lost in moving to the new way to build. Offsite modules have proved their adaptability and flexibility in producing units that match and fit in universally.

What the trends foretell
These trends are an indication to industry experts that there is a need in India for shifting in numbers to the new way of building. The challenge remains to convince architects, builders and contractors to make the change.

Need of the hour
Undertaking a process of awareness creation and education has become necessary to generate interest in the new method of construction. To understand how offsite construction works and what benefits it can offer there is a need for showcasing of completed projects using offsite construction and visits to manufacturing units of prefabs to understand the basics of modular construction.

The scene is set for the construction industry to make a shift from traditional to modern methods. The rate at which the change over happens depends on how experts and leaders project and explain these trends. Showcasing completed projects will result in more and more builders taking advantage of offsite construction.

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Everything You Need To Know About Precast Concrete For Construction

Precast concrete is a new age construction material in use today in building and construction work. It differs from regular concrete in the way it is processed and fitted and in its unique properties. Using precast concrete brings benefits to builders. These precast panels are used to build exterior and interior walls.

How is Precast Concrete Processed?
Precast concrete is manufactured off-site in factories under rigorous controlled conditions. The concrete mixture is cast in a reusable module to form ready to use blocks of concrete.  These blocks undergo a curing process in a controlled environment.

Where is Precast Concrete Used?
Precast concrete is used primarily to clad buildings and create facades.  The panels are good for landscaping, building boundary walls for security, and for soundproofing.

Reasons for Using Precast Concrete

  • Comfortable: This concrete has inherent qualities of temperature optimization and sound insulation. Interiors maintain a comfortable temperature and remain free from disturbances naturally.
  • Safe: Like its on-site counterpart, this concrete too is strong and fire resistant. In addition to that this precast concrete has the strength to resists impact of blasts, earthquakes, tornadoes and storms.
  • Versatile: The manufacturing process of this concrete makes it flexible and adaptable to shapes, sizes, colors, and finish. It is also very moldable and can be given the look of materials like sandstone or rock.
  • Healthy: This concrete remains free from wet patches, insect attacks and erosion. This eliminates the need for chemical treatments that in turn results in a healthier atmosphere without toxic gases trapped inside buildings.
  • Optimized: The panels are thinner, have more tolerance, and are engineered to specific standards.
  • Durable: This concrete has a longer life than concrete cast on –site. Its use makes buildings sturdy for longer periods of time.
  • Ecological: locally available material is mainly used to manufacture this concrete, thus significantly reducing the adverse effects on environment. Additionally, this concrete is reusable further increasing its beneficial effect on environment.
  • Fast: concrete for different parts of a building can be cast much before they are actually needed thereby speeding up the building process. Lag time for setting is eliminated.
  • Affordable: Price reduction is possible as the concrete is manufactured using local inexpensive material that saves on transportation cost. Once construction is completed, their strength and durability mean there is less need for maintenance and repairs.
  • Sustainable: Precast concrete provides benefits for people, profit and places. Users benefit from its versatility, durability, flexibility of design and strength. They afford profits to builders and owners alike as they speed up construction work and bring down cost. Protection of environment benefits the planet.

Categories of Products

  • Building products including bricks, blocks, floors, roofing, beams and structural elements.
  • Civil engineering products for external use including street infrastructure products.
  • Special products for gardens, tanks and vessels, and industrial use products.

With the increasing use of precast concrete in India for construction, building work has become standardized, safe, fast, economical, and environment friendly.