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Last edited 14 Feb 2021
Survey shows offsite construction is safer, faster, greener and cheaper
Almost two thirds (61%) of survey respondents reported increased productivity, and nearly one in two (47 %) reported enhanced employee safety. More than half saw improved quality of work (57%), reduced operational costs (59%) and less project downtime (55%).
Many respondents (43%) also experienced a reduction in their carbon footprint – an increasingly important performance indicator for UK businesses following the government’s commitment to ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050.
ECA CEO Steve Bratt commented:
“Offsite construction has the potential to become a key mechanism for delivering projects of all sizes in the present and future. Early-adopters in the industry who have embraced this way of working are already reaping the rewards, so it will be important that the rest of the sector considers its response, or they could face being left behind.”
However, the biggest barriers to carrying out offsite manufacturing were identified as a lack of suitably-skilled staff, a high level of ongoing investment, and installation onsite. Additionally, the number of clients specifying offsite was lower than expected and maintaining a stable flow of work for offsite facilities was therefore challenging its viability.
Offsite construction refers to the planning, design, fabrication and assembly of building elements at a location other than their final installed location to support the rapid and efficient construction of a project. It is sometimes also referred to as ‘offsite manufacturing’.
This ECA survey was held in partnership with CIBSE and SELECT, to establish the extent to which the electrotechnical and engineering services sector is engaged with offsite manufacturing and the future opportunities which may exist in the industry.
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