5 benefits of offsite manufacturing for housebuilders
With an ever-increasing demand for new homes across the UK, there is mounted pressure for housebuilders to meet these high targets. This is where offsite manufacturing, a modern method of construction (MMC), comes in. Prefabrication, or offsite manufacturing, is the prefabrication of components in a controlled environment offsite which is then transported to construction sites to be installed. It has been an increasingly popular MMC in the past decade, helping housebuilders meet the rising demand for new homes.
The benefits of offsite manufacturing for housebuilders
1. Faster build time
Offsite manufacturing offers significant time-saving benefits. As components are manufactured in a controlled factory environment, contractors only need to install the fully manufactured product.
Engineered timber products, in comparison to traditional brick and block, can be installed in a matter of days rather than weeks. Faster build times combats weather conditions and skilled labour shortages, which often negatively impact onsite construction times.
2. Cost savings
Offsite manufacturing reduces the need for skilled labour and the number of workers, minimising all associated costs of a full workforce.
Offsite manufacturing, particularly timber engineering, is a more sustainable way to build.
Pre-assembled components reduce waste onsite, and any waste produced in a factory is minimal and can be recycled. Offsite construction also requires less machinery and so less energy used.
Timber is one of the only renewable, natural building materials. Timber engineered products are more environmentally friendly without compromising on strength or durability.
4. Improved efficiency
Housebuilders can be assured that components such as roof trusses, metal web joists and spandrel panels, are all manufactured to the highest quality and on time to meet project timescales.
5. Improved onsite health and safety
Offsite manufacturing reduces the need for workers to be working at height, for long periods of time in often adverse weather conditions. A controlled factory environment is also far more predictable than a physical construction site helping to improve overall onsite safety.