Modular prefabrication is also expanding in scope and could accelerate project delivery by 20 to 50%. 2 Ultimately, this could reduce project costs by more than 20%.
Prefabrication also has clear environmental benefits, particularly by reducing spills in nature, noise and dust, which can inconvenience residents living near worksites, as well as greenhouse gases related to intensive material transportation.
Industry players are showing a greater spirit of collaboration.
In light of new market realities, Canadian clients are adopting alternative or collaborative modes of deliv- ery, and accepting their share of the risks associated with projects.
A changing workforce profile.
Not only does it continue to be challenging to meet labour needs, but skilled workers are increasingly playing roles that require digital skills. The industry will attract the best young workers by drawing from an ever more diversified workforce with broader expertise and by creating inclusive and innovative work environments. Moreover, the participation of Indigenous businesses and communities in construc- tion projects will continue to grow.
The labour shortage is leading to an increase in wages. Automation could help to compensate in part for this upward pressure.
Sustainable construction is on the rise.
There is a growing demand for projects seeking sustainable certification. The industry clients and contractors is seeking to integrate environmental protection measures and to contribute more positively to communities.
There is also a trend in favour of recovery. Construc- tion and demolition waste generated by the Canadian construction industry represents 27% of all solid waste sent to landfills. More than 75% of this waste has residual value and could be recycled, recovered or reused.3
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1. Sommaire exécutif, Impact de l innovation technologique et des technologies dans l industrie québécoise de la construction, Association de la construction du Québec, Association des constructeurs de routes et grands travaux du Québec, École de technologie supérieure (Université du Québec), Groupe de recherche en intégration et développement durable en environnement bâti, April 14, 2021.
2. Modular construction: From projects to products, McKinsey & Company, June 2019. 3. An overview of construction and demolition waste management in Canada: a lifecyle analysis approach to sustainability, M. Yeheyis, K. Hewage, M.S. Alam, et al., February 2013.
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