Etex Expert Series

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.

The first event in this series happened on Wednesday 14th July 2021, when we hosted a virtual roundtable with a panel of industry experts to discuss some of the challenges currently facing the construction sector, including productivity, risk mitigation and digital innovation.

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. First up: productivity.

 

Theme #1: Productivity


Key Findings:

1. Collaboration…

is key – in particular early engagement, where possible – to ensure all teams are aligned and everyone knows what’sachievable. Other successful models across Europe should be looked at for inspiration.

2. Post-pandemic is an opportunity…

to do things differently across all systems and processes. Whether that’s a shift to more digital models and ways of working, or properly assessing how supply chain or collaborations are currently operating and then working together to make things more efficient.

3. Despite having huge potential, MMC and offsite…

need further Government profile, support and drive in order to really make a difference. Many organisations also need to see proof of concept in order to invest. The industry must keep pushing and educating on this front.

4. Upcoming new legislations…

(such as the Future Homes Standard) that include increased focus on record keeping will make the requirement for the uptake of technologies such as BIM even more necessary in order to stay compliant.

5.Upskilling is key…

to solving the skills shortage. Construction firms should be prioritising this, as well as attracting early talent, by continuing to focus on CPD and training for those that need to catch up with propelled changes as a result of the pandemic (i.e. digital skills).

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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.

Collaboration:

Collaboration

We are investing heavily into digital tools to help us collaborate with customers and the rest of the supply chain. Key areas of focus are early design engagement, installation processes, centralised data and the ‘golden data thread’, products that are easy to find and compare, and communication around stock and deliveries. We act as an extension to customer’s teams, working closely together to tailor and deliver compliant products that are right for the application and work alongside budget and timelines.

Training:

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 have a training centre in Bristol, where we provide drylining courses to customers, universities and most recently, Cardiff prison. Additionally, our customers have access to a range of digital training courses to help them get the best out of our products and systems.

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:

Securtex

securtex

Securtex is a reinforced plasterboard for secure partition systems meeting requirements of Secured by Design and Part Q for residential and commercial buildings.

View details on our Siniat website

Weather Defence™

Weather Defence

Weather Defence™ is a revolutionary external sheathing board, enabling a faster way to weather tight a building. Strong, highly moisture resistant and A1 non combustible.

View details on our Siniat website

Resilient Acoustic Stud

Resilient Acoustic Stud

GTEC Resilient Acoustic Stud (RAS) is an innovative acoustic stud, helping achieve acoustic performances on site, reducing risk, build time and partition footprint.

View details on our Siniat website

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