Technology integration to transform spaces
Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) is gathering pace and represents part of the solution to the UK's construction shortfall. Supply across the residential sector is failing to keep up with demand and struggling to fulfil the Government's 300,000 new homes target. But just building more homes off-site isn't a panacea.
Digital technology is unlocking an off-site revolution – particularly in the sector of volumetric housing. There is a real demand for high quality housing that can be delivered consistently and at speed - 95% of Avernco's modular solution with SG Modular UK can be built off-site, making it 50% faster to deliver than traditional on-site construction, the assembly process is simplified and de-risked, and the quality is controlled. As the building systems are optimised for the solution this results in excellent energy performance and lower running costs.
The speed and efficiency of off-site construction obviously has huge benefits in assisting our industry in delivering on ambitious government housing and infrastructure targets. However, there are also numerous social value benefits; buildings can become 100% passive and carbon neutral, produce less waste and pollution, and can be delivered with less local disruption.
Offsite manufacture and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) represents an opportunity to address many issues in addition to increasing capacity and investment in the industry.
Off-site construction/manufacturing may be the future of construction, but the real question is how it will be used. What kind of cities do we want to create? Why do we live in the city we live? What makes it what it is? We know what it can do but the question is what do we want it to do? This outcome-based planning will inevitably affect the bigger picture and the future of the construction industry.
Technology and collaboration
The future of construction technologically is focussed on cloud-based collaboration platforms such asd BIM 360. The key aims of which are; leveraging data to design more intelligently, and developing seamlessly connected construction so we can deliver buildings and spaces more efficiently.
The industry will need a transformative leap from working in silos and not sharing data, to a collaborative industry where companies share data by default. We're in the age of the customer; and construction technology is giving us the ability to shape development to their specific needs and wants. This as well as sustainability, urbanisation and emerging technologies like AI and machine learning are all key drivers that will shape the industry. In Ulrik's view, the future will be safer, more efficient and more transparent.
The demographic of the workforce is changing, there is an aging workforce as well as societal change, and it's becoming more of a challenge to get young people into the construction/manufacturing industry due to misconceptions about what it's like to work in the industry. The key to changing this for the future is companies investing in research and development, showing a structured career path and enabling talent to thrive through continued training and advancement opportunities. Investing in people in this way is paramount in changing the future of construction, especially as technology and collaboration becomes vital to the way we deliver.