Offsite construction (OSC) has been presented by researchers and practitioners all over the world as an efficient and effective way of delivering buildings. The benefits regarding time, cost and quality are well-documented. However, it has not been successfully implemented in housing, especially in the affordable housing sector. This paper uses the case study method from the affordable housing sector to document these challenges and proposes a way forward for the sector. Also, findings indicate that the high cost of production was identified as a major barrier to the proliferation of off-site housing in the UK. However, the research found that the effective implementation of processes and practices such as Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) could reduce the likelihood of cost escalation.
|Title of host publication||International Research Conference 2017|
|Subtitle of host publication||Shaping Tomorrow’s Built Environment: Construction and Design for the Modern World. Conference Proceedings, 11-12 September 2017.|
|Editors||Les Ruddock, Hanneke Van-Dijk, Charlotte Houghton|
|Place of Publication||Salford|
|Publisher||University of Salford|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2017|