Why is prefab important?
Prefab usage amongst contractors in Europe is increasing at a slow pace since 2018. It is seen as a time-saving solution which is quite critical to face increasing demands. The Netherlands has the highest share of usage of prefab and this trend seems to be continued in the future. Most other countries also showed an increase and are expecting to use an increasing level of prefab solutions in the future.
With the increasing labour shortage, prefab is perceived as a good solution besides being time and energy efficient. However, it also requires additional adaptation processes and education of the employees which makes it a difficult switch. Therefore, it is unlikely to see a sudden increase in the usage in the coming years.
These are just some of the results of the European contractors monitor, H1 2022, report on prefabrication. This report is based on 900 successful telephone interviews with larger contractors in 8 countries. The full report covers many topics revolving around prefabrication like the types of prefab used, the type of materials, type of projects, decision making and much more.