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It claims takeup has been limited due to outdated and unsustainable business models that "are not conducive to OSM for construction".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