More sustainable construction is what everyone wants, from government policy to procurement bodies to society at large. But how often is this aspiration rather than reality? To be meaningful and manageable, surely sustainability improvements have to be measurable. Two key sustainability challenges for construction are waste (collectively, we are a very wasteful industry) and the…

Light is an essential part of how we experience a space. The Interior of a building with plenty of natural light feels calmer, more pleasant to be in, more natural if you like. Natural light helps us to maintain a healthy sleep/wake cycle. An abundance of natural light has been linked in studies to increased…

Greater efficiency, savings in time and cost – these are well understood and documented benefits of offsite construction. But what pictureis conjured up in people’s minds when they think about buildings that are made in a factory? If the image is one of uninspiring, cookie cutter designs that are easy to build but not easy…

BIM has proved its worth across a wide range of construction programmes. Much of the focus has been on ensuring that projects leave a legacy of accurate and detailed as built data, available through common standards like COBie. This brings major benefits for communication, planning and future maintenance. With offsite construction BIM needs to be…

The growing shortage of traditional construction skills isn’t a problem that’s going away any time soon. We simply have too many homes, schools and commercial buildings to create and too many bricklayers, plasterers and carpenters approaching retirement. A simple (or perhaps simplistic) answer is to build differently. If we use methods that rely less on…

Twelve months ago the Farmer Report urged the construction industry to ‘Modernise or Die.’ A year on, where are we? A sector as large and complex as construction doesn’t find rapid change easy. And when the change also involves government agencies, industry bodies, procurers and education providers it becomes a very large supertanker to turn…

In 2025 the construction industry will have 33% lower costs, produce 50% less emissions and deliver projects 50% faster. That is according to the 2025 Construction Strategy announced by the government. Remember, we are talking about a traditional industry where productivity has hardly moved in the last 30 years. So some scepticism may be understandable…

The Government could hardly send out a clearer signal: there will be a presumption in favour of offsite construction on publicly funded projects. The reasons behind this are easy to grasp. We have ambitious targets for building homes and expanding schools, alongside major infrastructure projects that need to be delivered. Traditional methods show no sign…