Welcome to the Etex Experts Series – a collection of new research, insights and commentary we have gathered from industry professionals, including members of the Etex Building Performance team.
This Series came about as a result of the construction sector having been subject to significant change over the past 18 months. We wanted to find out how the industry is faring as we come out of the other side of the pandemic.
These insights combined with our own research of 250 decision-makers in the sector have been formed into a series of mini reports, which we hope will spur further conversations around collaboration, innovation and the future of our industry. Second up: Risk Mitigation.
Theme #2: Risk Mitigation
The expert view:
Mathew Baxter, Founder of echelon Consultancy, said:
“It all goes back to the point we have been making throughout this discussion, it really is about collaboration and openness. As we are all aware, issues with certain products and elements of the construction process arise week on week. It’s important that we all work very closely with contractors and clients to recognise any problems quickly and say, “right, what can we do?” and do it.”
When asked about the burden of risk, three roles felt that it was weighted more heavily on their profession than on others:
Theme #1: Productivity
Tailoring our approach
Our research enables us to understand and respond to the sector’s feedback on productivity. Two areas we have paid particular attention to are collaboration and training.
With the skills shortage being cited as one of the sector’s main concerns, training is a key focus of ours. We offer on-site training for installers as we understand installation quality is just as important as the quality of the product when it comes to maintaining performance. We also offer a range of online training courses. In addition, we have a training centre in Bristol, providing drylining courses to customers, universities and most recently, Cardiff prison.
The product-approach to productivity: Our products have just as much of a role to play as our processes in helping to increase construction productivity. Below is a snapshot of three products that do just that: