With the increased demand of new housing across the UK, the pressure for housebuilders to meet the number required is high and this is where modern methods of construction (MMC) are required.
One of these methods is the prefabrication of components in a controlled environment offsite which is then transported to construction sites to be installed.
Prefabrication, or offsite manufacturing, has been an increasingly popular MMC in the past 10 years to help housebuilders meet the rising demand for new homes. Offsite manufacturing has many benefits to housebuilders, which we have outlined below.
So what are the benefits of offsite manufacturing for housebuilders? Here are five:
1. Increased speed of build
Offsite manufacturing has significant time-saving benefits to any build. As the components are manufactured in a controlled factory environment, contractors only need to install the fully manufactured product.
Additionally, using engineered timber products, compared to the traditional brick and block, means they can be installed in a matter of days rather than weeks. Weather conditions and the lack of labour (let alone highly skilled labour) can also impact construction times onsite. And, as roof trusses, metal web joists and spandrel panels are all manufactured in factory controlled conditions this is an issue that housebuilders no longer need to worry about.
2. Reduced cost
There are various factors of offsite manufacturing that can help reduce the cost of the build. For instance, reduced labour cost as less workers are required.
Furthermore, hiring highly-skilled workers can be costly and training them can be a lengthy process. As products are manufactured offsite, teaching staff to perform their role in an offsite build is much simpler and faster. Less training of onsite staff means faster delivery and more money saved for all parties involved.
3. Environmentally friendly and sustainable
A great benefit of offsite manufacturing, especially in the current climate, is that it is an environmentally friendly method of construction compared to its’ alternatives.
Pre-assembled components mean that waste is reduced onsite. Any waste produced in a factory is minimal and can be recycled. Offsite construction requires less machinery and so less energy used.
Additionally, timber products are becoming increasingly popular amongst housebuilders. Timber, itself, is a sustainable construction material that has a long life span. We manufacture our timber products using timber sourced from sustainably managed forests.
4. Improved efficiency
Housebuilders can be certain the 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
A controlled factory environment is far more predictable than the physical construction site and, therefore, improves onsite safety, as variables such as weather and visibility are reduced. Transferring work offsite means that workers do not need to work at height, for long periods of time, and whilst in adverse weather conditions.
Offsite factories will have safe systems and procedures in place that will be the same every time and therefore reduces the number of errors and injuries.
Offsite manufacturing offers many benefits to national, regional and local housebuilders across the UK, and aligns with the growing awareness for more sustainable and affordable solutions.
Both innovation and evolution in timber offsite construction has resulted in high quality, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and aesthetically desirable buildings, which are fast and easy to build.
Offsite manufacturing can be used for various builds, not just new homes. Our offsite manufactured products – roof trusses, metal web joists and spandrel panels – can be used for almost any application from new housing developments, to commercial and industrial buildings.
Get in contact with our team today for more information or a quote on any of our timber engineering products.