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Offsite Construction Methods—What We Learned from the UK Housing Sector

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posted on 2023-07-26, 16:04 authored by Joseph Kwame Ofori-Kuragu, Robert Osei-Kyei, Nadeeshani Wanigarathna
Offsite construction has become popular in recent times due to the numerous benefits it offers compared to traditional construction methods. This paper explores the different offsite construction methods, the motivations for adopting these approaches, and the cost-effectiveness of these methods in the UK housing sector using multiple case studies. Firstly, the literature and data were obtained from various sources including professional body reports, industry reports, government websites, and journal articles. Following the review, twelve completed housing projects from the UK which used offsite construction approaches were analyzed. The review of these projects showed that different offsite methods were used in these projects. These include Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), Timber Frames, Precast Concrete, Steel Frames, Volumetric Construction, Gyproc Habito Plasterboards, and Light Gauge Steel (LGS) technology. The key motivations for adopting offsite construction in these projects include the speed of construction, durability of the products, aesthetic considerations, thermal quality, low air leakage requirements, and quality of construction. Of the 12 cases, only two recorded a higher cost for the offsite construction method compared with the alternative using traditional approaches. The outputs of this paper provide evidence-based strategies which would inform practitioners on the best practices for adopting offsite construction methods and what to expect.

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Volume

7

Issue number

12

Publication title

Infrastructures

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2412-3811

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MDPI AG

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  • Published version

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  • eng

Legacy posted date

2022-12-05

Legacy creation date

2022-12-05

Legacy Faculty/School/Department

Faculty of Science & Engineering

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