The HCLG Committee will explore the benefits gained by housebuilders that have adopted MMC, assess the drawbacks of MMC, and see how national and local governments can intervene to stimulate uptake of these advanced construction methods.
While the Committee has extolled the virtues of MMC such as quicker construction times, better quality control, and material efficiency, it also notes that there are several barriers preventing widespread adoption. These include supply chain issues, patchy housing demand, and the need for more Government support to give consumers, lenders, and builders more faith in the sector.
"The Government has acknowledged that the housing market is broken and that a variety of strategies need to be deployed to deliver the boost in housing supply so vitally needed," says Clive Betts, MP and committee chair.
"The increased use of modern methods of construction may be a significant element of this and it is therefore important that we understand their potential and effectiveness, and exactly how far they can go in supporting the Government’s ambitions. Equally we must ensure that modern methods are built to last. The radical changes to housing construction of the mid-twentieth century failed to survive five decades. This cannot be repeated."
Written responses to the inquiry must be submitted by 30 January.