Barriers and Challenges for Offsite Construction in UK Housing Sector

M. Arif, P. Killian, Jack Goulding, G. Wood, A. Kaushik

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Research Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationShaping Tomorrow’s Built Environment: Construction and Design for the Modern World. Conference Proceedings, 11-12 September 2017.
EditorsLes Ruddock, Hanneke Van-Dijk, Charlotte Houghton
Place of PublicationSalford
PublisherUniversity of Salford
ISBN (Print)9781912337040
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017


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