Can offsite construction solve Britain's housing crisis?

Can offsite construction solve Britain's housing crisis?

Britain faces the dual crises of a serious housing shortage and a construction industry that's losing skilled workers faster than it recruits them. Offsite construction techniques might enable a smaller workforce to build houses faster, but only if the government takes a lead in transforming the industry to adopt...

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Constraints to offsite construction in Britain

Constraints to offsite construction in Britain

While offsite construction offers many advantages to a developer, its use in Britain is mostly confined to large-scale developments. Here we discuss the constraints to its wider adoption, including poor understanding of the advantages among people who commission developments, an overly restrictive planning system...

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Offsite construction: advantages in costs and efficiency

Offsite construction: advantages in costs and efficiency

The British construction industry has been slow to adopt offsite techniques in spite of the savings in time and money they offer to developers when compared to traditional onsite techniques. Also, offsite techniques tend to cause less environmental damage and local disruption. Here we discuss their financial and...

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Modern offsite construction techniques: an overview

Modern offsite construction techniques: an overview

A range of modern methods of construction (MMC) is revolutionising the construction industry. Many involve work being done in factories rather than building sites, hence the term 'offsite construction'. Here we give an overview of the types of offsite construction and the techniques behind them.

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Case study: Retire in comfort

Case study: Retire in comfort

Peaceful retirement

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Case study: Country Living

Case study: Country Living

Somerset country home

Atamate replaced an existing system to control lighting in this rural period property. The home already had an existing automation system which Atamate was called in to replace as it was no longer fit for purpose.

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Hot water in conventional and low energy homes: 3 important differences

Hot water in conventional and low energy homes: 3 important differences

The biggest expense in a conventional home is heating, which works by integrating central heating with the hot water system. A low energy home's insulation slashes the heating bill to leave hot water as the biggest expense, but also removes the need for a central heating system that the hot water can be integrated...

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Cutting the cost of air-conditioning by building management

Cutting the cost of air-conditioning by building management

Air-conditioning is a major running cost of many commercial buildings, but it's needed to keep the internal temperature comfortable. Here we discuss some of the ways in which building management, selective use of new technologies and smart building controls can cut the aircon costs to a minimum.

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The what, how and why of air-conditioning

The what, how and why of air-conditioning

Air-conditioning (aircon) removes heat energy and water vapour keep a room's temperature and humidity at comfortable levels. Most aircon systems use the same heat pump technology as a fridge or freezer. Here we'll discuss what aircon does and how, with particular reference to its use in the British climate.

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Passive cooling for low-energy buildings

Passive cooling for low-energy buildings

Passive cooling methods keep the temperature inside a building comfortable without using energy-hungry air-conditioning, fans or heat pumps. Cooling is needed during the summer, when air temperatures get uncomfortably high, but also at cooler times because electronic devices and simple human metabolism can make a...

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