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What other experts say

“In terms of performance levels, offsite forms of construction have substantial potential advantages over traditional forms of construction particularly in terms of speed of build on site, quality of build and in terms of cost of ownership, sustainability, health and safety and waste reduction” 1

FASTER CONSTRUCTION

“The site-time required to build homes using offsite construction methods is a small fraction of that required for conventional building processes, and this reflects directly on the cost of financing construction. This is a great attraction for those who build multi-occupancy dwellings where the first rental can only be realised once the last dwelling has been finished. This benefit is accentuated for buildings that are multi-occupancy and multi-storey with a high capital cost.” 1

FASTER REVENUE

“The ability to deliver finished units and bring homes to market quicker for higher density developments involving social housing, private rented apartments and apartments for sale is a driver for the take-up of offsite methods.” 1

IMPROVED CASH FLOW

“Time on site… can have marked and beneficial effects on contractor cash flow and the cost of finance.” 2

REDUCED SNAGGING & DEFECTS

“Certainty of programme and quality, through simplification of site operations, reduced dependence on weather and the reduction of defects, based on controlled factory-based assembly processes.” 3

IMPROVED HEALTH AND SAFETY

“Volumetric construction represents the offsite method that brings the most trades and operations from the construction site into a protected and controlled factory environment.” 4
“Transferring work offsite into a controlled environment improves safety and can potentially attract a new workforce.” 3

REDUCED WASTE

“The use of volumetric construction has the potential to reduce on-site waste by up to 90%, compared to traditional construction.” 4
“On average, 10% of all materials used to erect a building go to waste, representing 3-5% of the total build cost. Convert that to direct savings and 2.5% can be knocked off the conventional tender price.” 5

REDUCED CARBON EMISSIONS

“Volumetric offsite construction impacts on the carbon footprint of the building by reducing the total number of deliveries to sites by 90%, by decreasing the average travel distance of the labour force to the site by 75%, and by ensuring that the waste generated at the factory is segregated at source and recycled appropriately.” 4
“Up to 67% less energy is required to produce a modular building compared to an equivalent traditionally built project.” 6

IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY

“A particular attribute of offsite construction is the ability to deliver homes to very high standards of thermal insulation and air tightness without corresponding increases in delivery costs.” 1

MORE PREDICTABLE PROGRAMME

“Opportunities to compress project durations and reduce risk by transferring work off site and by simplifying site operations and on-site snagging.” 4

MORE PREDICTABLE QUALITY

“It is widely accepted that manufacture in a factory using production engineering techniques… will ensure a level of quality and accuracy that building on a construction site can simply not match.” 1

Sources:
1. Offsite Housing Review, Construction Industry Council, Feb 2013
2. Offsite Construction – Sustainability Characteristics, Buildoffsite, June 2013
3. Building magazine Cost Model analysis, 2004
4. WRAP volumetric construction case study, Jan 2008
5. Buildoffsite
6. Arup Research & Development report ‘ CO2 emissions from use, scrapping and manufacture of modular buildings’


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