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Builder Interest in Off-Site Construction Is on the Rise Post-Pandemic

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Builder Interest in Off-Site Construction Is on the Rise Post-Pandemic

Disrupted supply chains and an ever-widening skilled labor shortage are motivating a growing number of builders to switch to off-site construction

October 18, 2022
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Lingering supply chain issues, rising material costs, and an ongoing skilled labor shortage are pushing some builders to try out more innovative and cost-efficient building methods, one of which is off-site construction. By reducing labor, build times, and material waste, off-site construction benefits builders struggling to navigate shortages and delays coupled with soaring costs in a turbulent economy.

Builders looking for more insight into modular and off-site construction can take advantage of a number of education sessions offered at the 2023 International Builders’ Show, the National Association of Home Builders reports.

"Pre-Covid, I saw a significant increase in offsite construction, and particularly modular construction, at the 2020 International Builders' Show [IBS],” shared Ken Semler, president and CEO of Impresa Modular. "At that time, it was primarily driven by the lack of labor and overall costs.

"At the 2022 IBS, costs were off the charts — the broken supply chain, rapidly increasing costs and the lack of labor has driven builders and developers to seek offsite modular construction, and it has only gotten stronger," he added. "Economics is making everyone look at better and more efficient ways to build."   

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