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Prefab usage amongst European contractors H1 2022

Discover the adoption rate and benefits of prefabrication technology among European contractors in H1 2022. Understand the driving forces behind prefab usage and its impact on project efficiency and cost-saving.



No. of pages


Target group

General construction companies/builders with more the 5 employees

Key research topics

Prefab usage amongst European contractors


Based on 900 successful quantitative telephone interviews in native languages

Country scope

Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Poland


Full report in pdf or ppt covering all 8 countries, support from a key account manager in case of questions

Publication frequency



6,300 Euro

What is this report?

In this report, we provide a comprehensive view of the state of prefab usage in the construction industry, with a specific focus on European general contractors. The report includes information about the current status of prefab adoption, forecasts for future adoption, the types of prefab elements most commonly used, the types of projects in which they are employed, and many other valuable insights. This information can assist you in shaping, refining, or developing your prefabrication business strategy targeting general contractors. The research is based on quantitative telephone interviews with 900 registered general contractors (with 5 or more employees) distributed across the eight major European markets.

Why do you need this report?

This report will provide key insights into the usage of prefab among general contractors. These insights will be particularly valuable for manufacturers and wholesalers targeting this group, as the information in the report can either validate their current business strategies revolving around prefabrication or lay the foundations for new ones. Furthermore, understanding general builders’ behavior and their attitudes toward the usage of prefab in construction will facilitate fact-based internal discussions without the need for custom research.

How was the research conducted?

This report is based on 900 successful quantitative telephone interviews with general contractors, conducted in native language in Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Poland. The report is based on a representative sample of contractors, with companies with less than 5 employees being excluded. This research is conducted biannually with the reports covering different key marketing topics like media orientation, BIM, prefab, sustainability and many more.

What is included in this report?

The primary focus of this research is to provide key insights into prefab usage among general contractors, with a specific focus on the types of prefab elements that are used, in which type of projects are they used and the future expectations. The study also offers insights into contractors’ attitudes toward prefab and whether they perceive it beneficial in terms of efficiency in construction. It highlights key differences among the 8 European countries covered and provides other key insights. The report also includes a detailed view on the turnover and orderbook developments of the general contractors and background information on their company size, activities, segments most active in and other relevant information. This report will be a crucial input for shaping, improving or reviewing your business strategy towards prefabrication.

Key questions answered

Who holds the most influence when deciding to use prefab elements?
How do contractors perceive the use of prefab elements, as a positive or negative aspect in construction?
How has the use of prefab elements been evolving over time?
To what extent does the usage of prefab depend on the size of the project?
In which types of houses are prefab elements predominantly used?
Which prefab elements are commonly used?
What are the most commonly used materials in prefab construction?

Table of content

  1. Management Summary
    1. Business developments
    2. Prefab
  2. Profiling the building contractor 
    1. Germany
    2. United Kingdom
    3. France
    4. Italy
    5. Spain
    6. Netherlands
    7. Belgium
    8. Poland 
  3. Prefab
    1. Prefab Usage Amongst European Contractors
    2. Cross-country comparison

Frequently asked questions

  1. Which challenges do the use of prefab elements address in the construction industry, according to European contractors?

Usage of prefab elements in construction can assist the industry in tackling the growing challenge of labor shortages, reducing project duration, and providing the best solution for energy efficiency.

  1. What are the most prominent advantages of using prefab according to European contractors?

Saving time is the top reason for using prefab, with 75% of European contractors citing it as their primary motivation. Improvement in manufacturing quality (15%) and cost savings (18%) also rank quite high, especially among contractors in Germany.

  1. What is the growth in the usage of prefab among European contractors?

In Europe, prefab usage has increased by 9% in the last four years. The Netherlands still has the highest share of usage.

  1. In which country is prefab most often applied?

The Netherlands has the highest share of usage with 77%

  1. What percentage of construction projects in Europe contain prefab

22% of construction projects in Europe contains prefab.

What our clients say about us

Mila Valjentova

Strategy & Market Intelligence Director & Saint-Gobain

The European contractor monitor reports we receive from USP are of a great interest in our company. The reports’ insight are completing our analysis and contribute to strategic decision making.

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Group insights manager at Velux

Their specialized insights through the European contractor monitor and European architectural barometer provide a level of industry knowledge that is otherwise challenging to obtain.

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Manager Sales & Marketing

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