Advantages IBS Construction has over Traditional Construction

The construction sector is one of the largest in the world economy and significantly impacts the world’s GDP. Yet global opinions are of that constructions are still not as digitized. This presents various barriers and limitations.

For instance high demands, labor cost, technological advancements, and the unforeseeable pandemic have all impacted the industry. This calls for a change where players have had to adopt modern construction methods – and one of them is the Industrialized Building System (IBS).

A modular apartment at Örebro, Sweden

IBS Construction vs Traditional Construction

Traditional construction relies upon the process of building primary structural elements on-site while the industrialized building systems (IBS) constructs the components within a module in a factory. Then, workers will assemble the prefabricated components and modules on-site. While each approach has its pros and cons, IBS may prove to be the better solution for the future of the industry.

1. Speed

IBS construction permits faster completion. The components are prefabricated and ready for assembly according to schedule without interruption. This is in contrast to traditional construction methods which depends on weather conditions and labor or material factors.
While traditional construction may face delays due to various difficulties in handling larger components, IBS construction presents a solution in using components that are easier to assemble and erect. Besides, building in a controlled environment means better control for time and allocation of resources.

2. Cost-Effective

IBS Construction is highly cost saving in contrast to traditional construction where material cost may fluctuate or increase depending upon the supply and the market. 
  • Material Cost: IBS Construction saves cost in making bulk and repeated purchases through standardization, while traditional construction looks at purchases according to project requirements.
  • Labor Cost: IBS Construction is entirely responsible in sourcing large numbers of skilled and differentiated workers. Traditional construction on the other hand requires more planning and sourcing for tasks like bricklaying, concrete casting and manual assembly – all which eats into the cost of building.
  • Overhead Cost: IBS Construction benefits from quality control and efficient resource usage as its production is done entirely within controlled environments. Traditional construction here would present higher overhead costs especially in circumstances of material handling, weather delays and quality control.

3. Quality

IBS construction uses standardized processes and prefabrication for consistent and reliable quality. If this is applied on building an apartment, the quality and presentation of all units in the apartment would be the same as each unit goes through the same production process with rigorous quality checks. 
On the other hand, traditional construction relies heavily on manual labor and subjective decision making by on-site complexities, weather dependencies and skilled labor.

4. Safety

IBS Construction offers better and safer options. To the workers, IBS production is factory based, ensuring a controlled assembly which eliminates on-site risks and safety hazards. This subsequently diminishes responsibility on the stakeholders’ side and ensures a smooth construction process.
In contrast, traditional construction demands large safety measures to protect workers during large-scale activities. In which if mishaps or accidents should arise, may put a halt or risk on the ongoing project. 

5. Sustainability

IBS construction offers sustainability benefits in comparison to traditional construction. These include reduced waste, efficient energy use, resource conservation and lower carbon emissions.
As traditional construction mainly depend on subjective decision making, it is difficult to estimate and control materials and resources effectively. 

The Next Big Thing In Construction

IBS construction revolutionizes construction methods while retaining some of the traditional methods which proved to still be of use. As proven, the IBS method is able to offer benefits in efficiency, quality and sustainability. As technology evolves, IBS Construction foresees rising needs for efficient building solutions in the future.


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