How does industrialization facilitate sustainability in construction?

It is year 2024 and sustainability has become such a huge agenda that businesses of the future – specifically those in the construction and industrialized industries cannot afford to stray from it anymore. Sustainable business models are now crucial to create a sustainable and better environment with minimal environmental and climate impact. 
 
In the world of construction, this means a need for continuous improvement for its process steps and to strike a delicate balance between industrializing and sustaining. In many cases, the process of industrialization have been demonized. So how does it become a solution for modern problems in the construction industry? 
 

Industrialization minimizes safety hazards & risks for workers

Industrialization can be a solution to minimizing health and safety risks in the construction industry as it functions to streamline the process.

In modular construction, processes rely heavily on industrialization where its work elements are moved from the construction site to factory environments. Under these environments, the risk of accidents and workplace injuries are highly reduced – considering the fact that construction work is one of the world’s most hazardous occupations. 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, A total of 1,056 construction workers died on the job in 2022. This brings about a need for immediate steps to be taken to address the risks in the industry. With industrialization of the construction process, the enormous demands for housing can be met while reducing occupational health and safety risks. 

 

improves production efficiency while generating less waste

With a resource wise and flow-optimized facility, industrialized processes provide major sustainability gains when applied in the construction industry. Modular construction processes have long been known to operate at a higher efficiency while generating less waste compared to traditional construction processes, thanks to the process of industrialization. 

Houses built using the industrial method goes through the entire process under a roof where the process is systematized and well-controlled. This results in a more accurate prediction for material sourcing, itemization and assembly process. Parallel production of ready-to-assemble lengths like ventilation pipes and joists also mean less waste, bringing with it economic and climate benefits. 

Such processes provide businesses with good points in their journey to continue sustainable works. 

 

Facilitates innovative designs for changing needs

Proper use of industrialization helps realize innovative designs for the needs of the changing future. Designs and ideas can be made to come to life with industrialization as production processes can now be simplified and sped up. 

In modular construction, this benefits the construction industry greatly as the changing needs of the market over time can now be met easily. For example, in SIBS, the buildings are designed in various innovative ways – such that they can be dismantled, moved and rebuilt with the same frame, fittings and even finishes. 

Such processes made possible with innovation and industrialization helps businesses like SIBS meet the sustainability agenda, and to continuously improve each of its process step in the value chain. 

To SIBS, the process of industrialization could be detrimental to the environment, or it could be wielded as a tool to meet its social, environmental and innovative sustainability. 

 

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