Lingering supply chain issues, rising material costs, and a skilled labor shortage are driving some builders to experiment with more innovative and cost-effective building methods, one of which is off-site construction. Off-site building aids builders in dealing with labor shortages, delays, and rising costs in a volatile economy by decreasing workforce, build times, and material waste.

Rising interest rates: One initial benefit of off-site construction may be the speed with which a home can be “completed” when interest rates rise. If you wait six to eight months for a stick-built home to be finished when interest rates are rising, having an ‘off-site’ home built faster allows you to close the loan at a lower interest rate, which may determine whether the mortgage is still feasible.
Shipping/fuel costs: It is less expensive to ship a finished assembly once than multiple times on separate vehicle deliveries for an on-site project. Off-site remains more cost-effective, especially with increased fuel and freight costs.
Labor: Because off-site manufacturing is completed undercover, the weather isn’t an issue. Necessary tools are always available, and staff is responsible for the same/similar activities from project to project, resulting in improved efficiencies. Off-site building, with personnel performing the same or comparable duties daily, allows for speedier training of inexperienced staff than onsite-built construction’s difficult and time-consuming on-the-job training.
Builders interested in learning more about modular and off-site buildings can attend several educational programs at the 2023 International Builders’ Show.