The Prefab Pivot

One of the main themes of this newsletter is that the construction process is significantly constrained by geography. For work done on-site, workers and equipment need to be able to reach the construction site in a timely fashion, and that site will be different for each new building project. For work done off-site (prefabricated components, etc.) the same constraint applies - the material needs to be transported to the jobsite in an efficient manner. Since building materials are bulky and low-value, this has traditionally limited how far components can be shipped cost-effectively.

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