Why Europe Leads the Way in Construction Reusable Hoarding

While the North American construction industry uses labour intensive construction hoarding like plywood or drywall systems, Europe has been pioneering the use of reusable hoarding; a faster, more economical alternative called modular hoarding.

The system is used in a variety of different industries such as supermarkets chains, retail stores, airports, train and subway stations, hospitals and even landmark renovations.

Some of the key takeaways from Europe’s reusable hoarding best practices

Below we have outlined the key takeaways and what the North American construction industry can learn from them:

  1. Modular construction and reusable hoarding has been the standard in Europe.
    Check your hoardings for snow build-up and salt damage which are most likely to occur when hoarding is situated directly on the street. We recommend you inspect your hoardings at least weekly and more often during periods of heavy snow and slush. Site instructions and advertising graphics can be damaged during periods of bad weather. Make sure all construction safety signage is attached and legible and that your hoarding advertising graphics are in good condition. Remember, your construction hoardings are a highly visible component of your construction site and reflect your brand.To learn more about modular hoarding in North America, read our article About Environmental Hoarding: everything you need to know about North America’s new temporary hoarding system
  2. Construction hoarding is taller in Europe.
    In Europe, construction hoarding can reach up to 16 feet in height. Compared to the North American construction hoarding standard, that is almost double in size. The double space gives room for more advertising and better guerilla marketing campaigns. In addition, the advertising graphics are applied to the modular hoarding without the need of additional materials such as crezon boards. The modular hoarding panels create a smooth surface which also eliminates the need to paint drywall prior to graphics application.
  3. Construction hoarding plays a bigger role in European sustainability policies.
    Since the adoption of modular hoarding, Europe has made construction hoarding a more important element in sustainability policies. Firstly, Europeans preserve valuable natural resources such as timber by avoiding the use of plywood hoarding. Secondly, they have improved the modular hoarding panels over the years by manufacturing them out of recycled content. At the end of the project, the panels are either reused of recycled, which is a great example of waste prevention and management. To see how construction hoarding can benefit your sustainability policies, read our article Environmental sustainability policies: is your construction hoarding helping or hindering?
  4. Safety and hygiene standards come first.
    Modular construction hoarding is used in places where safety and hygiene standards are of the utmost importance such as supermarkets, restaurants, hospitals and food manufacturing facilities. Because the modular hoarding panels can be easily wiped off and cleaned of any bacteria, they are the preferred choice of hoarding in any hygiene sensitive environment.
    European construction hoarding systems have come a long way from the expensive, labour intensive systems such as drywall and plywood. By adopting some of these best practices, the North American construction industry can benefit from cost and time savings and a better looking, environmentally friendly façade for their undergoing construction projects.

To learn more about modular hoarding and how it can benefit your next project, connect with us today at 905 857-1366 or info@greenloc.ca to get started.