Demand for offsite building systems increasingFriday 8 September
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Latest insight from AMA Research shows the UK market for panelised modular building systems is estimated to have grown by 10% in 2015, with further growth of 8-9% in 2016.
The demand for offsite building systems has increased due to the improved economic situation and increased levels of activity in the housebuilding, hotel, student accommodation and education sectors.
While offsite construction has grown in general, it should be noted that the figures above relate to the panelised modular building systems market.
The main product type in this sector is timber frame, which is competing with light gauge steel, precast concrete and other engineered wood-based panels, with the latter group including structural insulated panels and cross laminated timber systems. While timber frame is currently the most widely used type of offsite systems in housing, it is expected to face competition from cross laminated timber over the next few years.
Key end use sectors for panelised modular building systems are housing, apartment blocks, schools, budget hotels, smaller healthcare and care facilities, and purpose built student accommodation. A number of housing developers and housing associations have declared their intentions to increase usage of offsite systems.
Growth over the next few years should also be enhanced by the mandatory use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on public sector projects from 2016. BIM will streamline building design, procurement and construction which should favour the use of offsite building. The drive towards sustainable development, coupled with the need to meet energy efficiency and carbon reduction targets, would also seem to weigh in favour of offsite construction.
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