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The Digital Revolution Encourages Change in the Construction Industry

While the way in which houses are built hasn’t changed much in the last five decades, its about to. Smart home technology, renewable energy sources and the automation of off-site construction are combining to create the perfect storm for major change. Throw the current construction labor shortage into the mix and you have these new… Read more »

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Discovering the Enormous Potential of BIM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has taken a long time to find its footing in the construction industry. That’s what we’ve come to expect from a sector that has historically been reticent to adopt change. Apprentices learn from mentors who have been building the same way for decades and aren’t likely to shake things up. With… Read more »

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The Looming Housing Crisis in Rural America

One of the many reasons for the growing housing shortage in the US is that people are “aging in place”. According to one study, people stay in their homes twice as long as they did in the 1920s. Homeowners aren’t updating their homes before placing them on the market, leaving buyers with unsatisfactory choices. “We… Read more »

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Prefab Housing on the Brink of a Comeback

During the 1970s, prefab was huge. Designers and builders recognized that they could save time and build cheaper and more accurately if they produced homes in factories. According to the US Census bureau, only 2% of single-family homes were prefab or modular in 2016. So why are there so few prefab houses today? From movie… Read more »

Off-site Construction Revolutionizes the Building Game

Off-site Construction Revolutionizes the Building Game

Labor shortages and increased demand through urbanization has led to a global housing shortage. The construction industry hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years but to meet this growing challenge, it must evolve to build houses in a way that’s faster, cheaper and more environmentally friendly. To meet this challenge, Metsä Wood’s Mikko Saavalainen,… Read more »

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Millennials Drive up Home Ownership Rate

There is a pervasive myth that millennials will be a generation of renters. While they are off to a late start, millennials are investing in starter homes faster than the construction industry can build them. The perception that younger home seekers would rather rent than buy may have been true during the housing recession years,… Read more »

Off-site Construction

Wooden Buildings a More Sustainable Option than Concrete

The age of concrete is over. Increasing urbanization means that over 70% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050 and, with the US building industry accounting for 39% of greenhouse gas emissions, construction needs to find ways to be more sustainable. Now wood construction is offering a renewable alternative that is revolutionizing… Read more »

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Offsite Construction—What’s different this time?

When it comes to offsite construction, there are a lot of skeptics. They say, “We have seen this movie before”. People point to the fact that over the past 100 years, several companies have bet on prefab building and lost. Things have changed now. Since shop class disappeared from our school curriculum, a skilled labor… Read more »

IWBC Podcast with Jerker Lessing

A conversation with offsite building pioneer Gerry McCaughey

Listen to the Podcast Hear IWBC Keynote Speaker Gerry McCaughey, CEO of California-based Entekra in an insightful Q&A podcast discussing a diversity of topics, including: Why is Europe so far ahead of North America in offsite construction? What is the difference between prefabricated components and fully integrated offsite construction? How does the quality of fully integrated… Read more »