Promoting Off-Site Construction: Future Challenges and Opportunities

Arif, Mohammed, Goulding, Jack and Rahimian, Farzad Pour (2012) Promoting Off-Site Construction: Future Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Architectural Engineering, 18 (2). pp. 75-78. ISSN 1076-0431

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While manufactured construction can be traced back to approximately 1851 (Gibb 2001), in the last two decades, a resurgence has occurred, which has now started to gain increased popularity and momentum (Arif and Egbu 2010). For example, in the United Kingdom (UK), the off-site construction industry grew from £2.2 billion in 2004 to £6 billion in 2006 (Goodier and Gibb 2007); and the UK is not unique in the adoption of manufactured construction, as different types of off-site construction techniques are quite common worldwide.However, if off-site construction is to make a sustained positive contribution in the marketplace, research is needed to identify the pervading issues that constrain the uptake of this, or conversely, can promote this in a more reasoned and defendable way, especially taking into consideration the existing societal, cultural, and current business models associated with conventional thinking and practice. Cognizant of this, a task group (TG74) was commissioned by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). This group had a mandate to lead international research strategy to address theories relating to production and business models within the built environment disciplines; it was also tasked with developing an off-site built environment research roadmap for construction. This paper presents preliminary findings of a TG74 workshop that focused on identifying the core drivers, variables, and strategic priorities facing the construction industry in the short to medium term.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: off-site construction, manufactured construction, built environment
Subjects: K200 Building
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 11:18
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 15:01

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