Prefabrication involves the assembly of a vehicle, aircraft, machinery or structure of some type, in totality or at least in part, at a centralized site — for the most part, we’re referring to homes that are prefabricated on this site. However, for instance, a prefabricated vehicle may have its parts built elsewhere and then shipped to the manufacturer for assembly.
There are advantages and disadvantages associated with prefabrication. We will discuss some of the advantages today, and then disadvantages in a post in the next few days.
Advantages of Pre-fabrication
a. Home and buildings that are prefabricated don’t require as much scaffolding, shuttering or formwork. Each part is built for easy assembly and the entire structure is self-supporting. This is beneficial because it saves both money and time.
b. Prefabricated homes and buildings are faster to construct because builders are not slowed by inclement weather and hazardous conditions. Because all construction is done inside, it is possible to avoid the aforementioned. This isn’t possible when building a home using traditional methods. Bad weather and hazardous conditions will force workers off the site until the weather clears and/or the conditions approve.
c. A faster return on one’s investment is another advantage of prefabrication. The faster a home or building can be built, the sooner it can be sold for hopefully, a profit.
d. Because much of the construction is done offsite, the actual worksite is less cluttered and there is less to clean up.
Stay tuned for our follow-up on some of the perceived disadvantages of prefabrication.