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CIRIA seeks to quantify off-site benefits

The Construction Industry Research and Information Association believes that the move to off-site construction will only be made when the benefits are clear to both the client and end user.   

Despite the Government’s presumption in favour of off-site construction on suitable capital projects and a recent House of Lords report that underlines its growing importance, CIRIA has lamented the slow growth of off-site manufacturing.

It claims takeup has been limited due to outdated and unsustainable business models that "are not conducive to OSM for construction".

This project’s four aims are to:

  • create a methodology to help stakeholders make evidence-based decisions about off-site solutions
  • complete case studies and collect data
  • enable construction professionals to quantify the benefits of off-site methods
  • and help the industry become more productive.

The methodology will be delivered in a summary report that will be conveyed to industry.

"OSM requires collaboration between clients, designers and contractors from an early stage," it says.

"This CIRIA project will develop a methodology that will allow key stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions about the use of off-site manufacturing solutions as an alternative to traditional construction practices."

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