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Prefab in construction Q3 2023

Delve into the influential role of contractors within construction decision-making units. Explore the dynamics and the extent of impact contractors have in crucial construction decisions.



No. of pages


Target group

Architectural companies, excluding companies with only 1 employee

Key research topics

Prefab usage amongst European architects


Based on 943 successful quantitative telephone interviews in native languages

Country scope

Germany, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Italy


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

Publication frequency





1,850 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 architects. 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 architects. This research is based on quantitative telephone interviews with 943 registered architects (with 1 or more employees) distributed (with 5 or more employees) distributed across the 8 major European markets.

Why do you need this report?

This report will provide key insights into the usage of prefab among architects. These insights will be particularly valuable for manufacturers 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 architects 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 943 successful quantitative telephone interviews with architects, conducted in the native language in Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany and Poland. The report is based on a representative sample of architects, with companies with less than 1 employee being excluded. This research is conducted quarterly  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 architects, with a specific focus on the types of prefab elements that are used, in which type of projects they are used and the future expectations. The study also offers insights into architects 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 architects and background information on their company size, and other relevant information. This report will be a crucial input for shaping, improving or reviewing your business strategy towards prefabrication. 

Architects play a pivotal role in the construction industry, serving as early indicators of both positive and negative changes. The trends and developments within architectural firms serve as valuable predictors for the overall construction market. USP publishes forecasts for building volumes based on insights gained from the experiences of architects (but also all other stakeholders that are regularly interviewed by USP in the construction business value chain) and 11 other market indicators. Our future building volumes predictions have proven accurate and have stood the test of time.

Key questions answered

What is the usage of prefab among architects in Europe?
What is the projected usage of prefab among European architects?
Which materials are commonly used in prefab product production?
What problems does prefab construction address?
To what extent does the usage of prefab depend on the project’s size?
Which prefab elements are frequently used?
What materials are most commonly used in prefab construction?

Table of content

  1. Key insights and recommendations 
  2. Economic developments 
    1. The United Kingdom
    2. Germany
    3. France
    4. Spain
    5. Italy
    6. The Netherlands
    7. Belgium
    8. Poland
  3. Prefab

Frequently asked questions

  1. In which European countries has the share of using prefab elements in construction among European architects increased?

In the UK, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Italy, the share of prefab has increased, while in the Netherlands, Germany, and France, prefab usage is stagnating.

  1. In which type of building are prefab elements mostly applied according to European architects?

Prefab solutions are mostly applied in low-rise buildings. Additionally, the biggest growth in this type of building is expected.

  1. What do European architects think is the most common reason for a shift towards more usage of prefabricated elements in construction projects?

The need for speed is by far the most mentioned reason to use prefabricated elements. However, it is not the only reason; cost efficiency and faster production are also important factors.

  1. Who determines the final design of the prefabricated elements according to European architects?

Architects have a significant influence on the final design.

  1. What is the predicted share of prefab usage among European architects?

By the year 2030, around 30% of architects are expected to use prefab products in their projects.

What our clients say about us

Anne Marie O’Toole-Deviller

Head of Marketing West at Kingspan

The USP Architectural barometer research has been a great asset for us in this regard and a solid basis for conducting further in-depth research.

Daniel Angelovski

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.

Jan Coerts

European Owens Corning

We use the European architectural barometer reports from USP to get architectural input on items relevant for the building and construction industry in Europe, helping us to set priorities in our innovation agenda.

Experts in charge of reports

Dirk Hoogenboom

Manager Sales & Marketing

Jeroen De Gruijl

Team Leader | Consultant

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