According to ‘Inside Housing’, 15 out of 17 major housing associations are increasing their use of offsite construction, including timber frame and modular builds.
57% of the 22,544 homes in their 3 year pipeline will use “offsite techniques”, an increase of 10%.on a smaller number.
Although recognising that mainstream developers had not yet embraced Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and that there was no clear government policy or funding incentive to do so, collectively they cite the following advantages for changing the way their developments are designed and built:-
- build quality
- speed of delivery
- fewer weather delays
- improved energy-in-use
- smaller carbon footprints. (Read Report)
Greater Product Accessibility Needed
New Charter Housing Trust wants developers to make offsite products more accessible.
Stephen Trusler of Laing O’Rourke sees this as ‘great news’ to help address the UK’s housing shortfall of 60,000 to 100,000 homes a year; with advanced offsite manufacturing and digital engineering speeding up the provision of affordable, high-quality accommodation.
WSP, Arup Associates, and BIM consultant Fulcro are also partnering with Laing O’Rourke to invest in new facilities and provide digital training.
Cambridge & Sheffield Universities and BRE are also advising on this project, which includes supply chain partners Airedale, Armstrong, Beckhoff, Crane, Apex, Grundfos, Hamworthy, British Gypsum, SIG and Thorn.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: “To have any chance of meeting the demand for affordable homes, the industry must embrace the latest house building technologies and techniques. That’s why I’m delighted to grant £22.1m of funding to help the sector do just that.”
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