We Ask ...

Is Off-Site Construction, an inevitability?

The traditional construction industry is anchored down in a triangle of : Weather, Labour & Materials where all three come together to produce a building project.

  • Already, adverse Weather conditions contribute to many on-site delays, but as our weather deteriorates and the window of ‘nice’ weather gets ever smaller, building projects will suffer more and more from inclement weather, not to mention the wet and cold environment within which operatives no longer wish to work. Productivity is low in cold, wet and windy environments, is zero when the weather prevents any work progress and as a result puts pressure on programmes and will inevitably increase costs.

  • The ‘quality’ construction Labour force in the UK is slowly declining and will continue to do so as long as we don’t recognise the issues of site working. Poor working conditions will offer up poor and often untrained operatives. There are very few time-served operatives coming through the trades anymore and young blood is reluctant to enter the construction industry due to poor working conditions. Many contractors have turned to the convenience of ‘sub-contracting’, relying on the knowledge base of an outside and sometimes unknown firm where poor rates and poor management lead to poor quality workmanship.

  • The supply and logistics of Materials has long since plagued site managers across the country. Material shortages, unavailability’s or long delivery times, forces many sites to run out of sequence in an attempt to keep the project going. Every construction site is restricted by its usable size and free areas where bulk materials can be stored and most have turned to next-day delivery solutions offered by many building supply companies. This does work to some extent, but in many cases leaves the site without materials when needed and forces the workforce to work out of sequence, which produces poor quality.

    It's a combination of the knock-on effects of these three major elements of the construction industry that are strangling the traditional routes we have used todate.

    Slowly but surely, the industry is strangling itself and needs to change or embrace change and recognise that looking after the three corners of the industry is the best, and possibly the only, way forward. In doing that, a way of avoiding weather conditions needs to be found, as does a way of introducing a young and enthusiastic workforce in good working conditions and finally a solution where materials can be part of a logistics chain that can modify its approach to availability.

    Running into a brick wall?

    Off-site construction as it is known, is pretty much as it says, where construction can be carried out off-site, preferably in a factory. There are already a good number of individual elements made off-site and delivered and installed or built in on-site, for example doors & frames, windows etc. but on the whole, the traditional construction methods prevail.

    A number of UK mass housing companies did carry out research in 2005/6 & 7 into off-site construction but generally, not only was a viable solution not found, the costs attached thereto were prohibitive. More time was needed and consequently more money, with the recent financial crisis abruptly ending what progress had been made. We know as well that the government is asking what has happened to off-site construction.

    The desire is there, but the efforts and thinking has not yet succeeded in finding a viable solution, forcing the industry back into its comfort zone and traditional routes – they have, in effect, run into a brick wall.

    Has EvoFrame found the Answer?

    Well maybe, just maybe, we have ... and we think that off-site construction is inevitable for the future.

  • 2016 and beyond ...

    • Zero Carbon Compliant
    • Code 6 Ready
    • Built to exacting standards under Factory Conditions
    • Providing significant Added-Value
    • Drastically reduced construction periods
    • Fast Turnaround of development completion

    The 'E' Factor

    • Effortless A straight forward logistical process and factory production ensures EvoFrame simplicity
    • Eco-Friendly Produced using environmentally friendly renewable materials

    • Economical Significantly cheaper than conventional construction
    • Evolutionary The new way forward in off-site construction
    • Energy Efficient Super low u-Values ensure reduced fuel bills