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|Title: ||Perspectives of UK housebuilders on the use of offsite modern methods of construction|
|Authors: ||Pan, Wei|
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Dainty, Andrew R.J.
Offsite-modern methods of construction (offsite-MMC)
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||© Taylor & Francis|
|Citation: ||PAN, W., GIBB, A.G.F. and DAINTY, A.R.J., 2007. Perspectives of UK housebuilders on the use of offsite modern methods of construction. Construction Management and Economics, 25(2), pp. 183-194|
|Abstract: ||Despite an increasing demand for housing and wider concerns over the need to
improve performance, the industry seems to be reluctant to adopt offsite technologies.
Many studies have attempted to scrutinize the barriers and seek ways forward, but
the perspectives of housebuilders remain unclear. This research aims to investigate
UK housebuilders’ views on the use of offsite Modern Methods of Construction
(offsite-MMC). This was carried out through a combination of personal interviews
and a questionnaire survey of the top 100 housebuilders by unit completion. Results
suggest that the traditional drivers of time, cost, quality and productivity are still
driving the industry in deciding whether to use offsite technologies. Nearly two
thirds of the firms believed that there needs to be an increase in the take-up of such
technologies. However, current barriers relate to a perceived higher capital cost,
complex interfacing, long lead-in time and delayed planning process. Strategies
recommended centred on changing peoples’ perceptions, improving procurement,
providing better cost data, tackling planning and regulations, encouraging political
levers and providing practical guidance. The suggestions present a model for
encouraging the take-up of offsite-MMC in the future.|
|Description: ||This article was published in the journal, Construction Management and Economics [© Taylor and Francis] is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446190600827058|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Civil and Building Engineering)|
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