The built environment is one of the world’s largest asset classes and the sector equates to 13% of the world’s entire GDP, but the construction industry is largely inefficient.
There is growing pressure on the construction industry and our need for action and change has never been more important than now. Construction is often seen to be behind other industries in regards to digitisation, and this is made worse by an ageing workforce, low productivity across fragmented teams and processes, very low predictability and an unacceptable contribution to carbon emissions. Put simply, carrying on as we are is simply not an option.
With these challenges faced, there is a shift to Offsite Construction processes that can benefit from factory conditions and mass production techniques. The main aim is to reduce (or remove entirely) some of the manual labour common in construction projects by assembling components offsite rather than at the point of installation.
Whilst the new era of digitization offers immense benefits for the construction industry, the environment, and the economy; the barrier to entry is high and widespread adoption is still low.
KOPE will change that...
Creating production content (drawings and fabrication-ready information) is slow and costly (staff & time).
Offsite Construction opportunities are typically found later in a project when materials are specified and processes designed. The rework involved tends to make variation costly.
There is a lack of visibility on what the supply chain can offer in Offsite Construction, early enough in the project to allow for its inclusion.
With KOPE, we are accelerating the adoption of Offsite Construction. We want to allow future generations to grow and thrive, by empowering the people who build the world around us to create a more sustainable and repeatable construction industry.
Organisations must reassess their capabilities and expand offerings or risk decreased revenue as Offsite Construction enters the supply chain upstream.
There is no greater challenge facing the construction industry than achieving net zero, an urgent task for the planet. Offsite Construction provides the best opportunity within the sector to meet these targets.
The construction supply chain is facing its biggest upheaval ever, with a shift to productization driven by a need for manufacturers to productize their material supply.
As traditional construction embraces offsite processes more and more, there will be a lot of new terms and acronyms for us to keep up with. Below you will find a simple overview of key terms that we will pick up on in our product.
A contemporary shift in mentality from buildings as being unique, 'one off' projects, towards a more standardised and product-driven approach that sees buildings as manufactured products, similar to cars or aeroplanes.
A design approach that relies upon a series of precisely-manufactured, repeated architectural elements to form a cohesive design. A famous early example of this approach was the Crystal Palace building in London.
Light Gauge Steel Frame
LGSF is a lightweight and comparatively strong framing material, commonly used in modern construction as an alternative to timber stud construction.
A construction approach in which large, flat elements of a building's primary structure are delivered to site for rapid assembly, such as structural floor and wall cassettes. A typical example of this construction approach would be cross-laminated timber (CLT) construction.
A construction approach that sees, at a minimum, the full structural shell of a modular building being completed in a factory setting before being shipped to site. Levels of completion may vary, with some units being fully fitted-out and practically ready to move into upon arrival on site.
Modern Methods of Construction
An umbrella-term which encompasses a range of improvements over traditional construction methods. This may relate to factory-based construction, advanced process digitisation or a product-based approach to building design.
Measured as a percentage, PMV is an increasingly-adopted industry measurement of a building's adoption of offsite construction methods.