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DUTCH ARCHITECT MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECT OF NITROGEN RULES THAN EUROPEAN COLLEAGUE

The discussion about nitrogen emissions has dominated the Dutch political and public debate in recent months. At the end of May, the Council of State decided that the Dutch Nitrogen Approach Programme (PAS), which will be used from 2015 onwards, is in conflict with European legislation. The European nitrogen policy is aimed at limiting nitrogen emissions near so-called Natura 2000 areas. The Dutch approach to take measures afterwards to reduce nitrogen emissions is now condemned. From now on, a building permit will only be granted after a positive assessment of the nitrogen emissions or their offsetting. This has major consequences for the Dutch construction sector. The number of construction projects that are at least delayed and, in the worst case, rejected, is estimated at 18,000. The problem is so great that market parties speak of a lock on the construction sector.

MAKE OR BUY PREFAB SOLUTIONS?

Rotterdam, March 14, 2019 – With a growing market for prefab solutions, even though the market is still in its earliest stages, the question whether contractors will make or buy prefab solutions becomes more valid. The majority of the contractors in Europe will buy these prefab solutions from manufacturers, although a fair share is also thinking of finding local partner(ship)s. This is one of the results of the European Contractor Monitor 2018 of USP Marketing Consultancy. In this research, 1,000 contractors with at least 5 employees were asked about their attitude towards and usage of prefab in eight countries.

NETHERLANDS AND UNITED KINGDOM ARE PREFAB FRONTRUNNERS

Prefab is not widely spread in Europe, when looking at the limited number of projects that include prefabricated elements. However, many contractors do have experience with prefab in projects. This experience is mainly based on working with more basic (plain unfinished) prefab elements. This is one of the results of the European Contractor Monitor 2018 of USP Marketing Consultancy. In this research 1,000 contractors with at least 5 employees in eight countries were asked about their attitude towards and usage of prefab.

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