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Offsite building

Katerra Gets it Right

Prefab construction is not a new idea, but it’s not been a particularly successful one in the past. This time around, Katerra is finally getting it right.

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Built on Sand

“Sand is actually the most important solid substance on Earth,” says Vince Beiser. “It’s the literal foundation of modern civilization.” In his new book The World in a Grain, Beiser explores all the ways in which sand has shaped the communities and the world we live in. Sand isn’t just something we find on beaches,… Read more »

Modular Construction of Hotels is on the Rise

The building of hotels lends itself to modular construction because it reduces build times significantly, cuts costs and reduces the amount of waste. With more customers demanding eco-friendly accommodation options, hotels are leading the shift to offsite construction. Home2 Suites San Francisco Airport North by Hilton will open its first hotel using modular building components… Read more »

Modular housing

These New Homes Grow as your Family Does

You’ve heard of modular, factory-built homes but Module’s Nook expandable homes change with your lifestyle. Founded in 2016 by Brian Gaudio, Hallie Dumont and Drew Brisley, Module homes are intended to be flexible, so they can grow with your family, jobs, hobby and changing space needs. You start with a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home of 800… 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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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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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 »

Andrew Waugh Pioneers a Whole New Way to Build

Andrew Waugh is a founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects and one of the leading advocates of the use of engineered timber and offsite construction. From cinemas to synagogues, Waugh’s award-winning designs are championing the cause of low-carbon construction. His use of new technologies and innovative methods of construction have seen the design of several… Read more »