08 Feb '12, 9pm

Construction sector has to build homes better, faster

Watch a construction site anywhere around Singapore for a while, and you may start to wonder why it takes so long to build a building or construct a tunnel. You are not the only one wondering. Last year, the Economic Strategies Committee (ESC) said that "in construction, productivity levels are half that of the United States and one-third that of Japan". Along with causing slower construction due to lower efficiency and higher costs from needing more staff, that lower productivity creates other difficulties as well. One is simply the number of workers and the congestion they cause. Recent Department of Statistics data for 2010 showed that about 75 per cent of the more than 394,000 workers in the construction sector were non-residents. While doubling productivity to US levels doesn't automatically mean the industry would need 197,000 fewer people, both the number of workers...

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