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Offsite construction

Offsite construction involves manufacturing and pre-assembling large sections of a building offsite in a factory.

The industry is starting to grow and there are a number of offsite manufacturers either based or considering investment in Scotland.

We support developments in this industry because:

  • it is suited to building affordable housing – high sustainability standards can be achieved efficiently and at less cost than more traditional construction methods (see the industry-led offsite housing review, February 2013 for more information)
  • it has potential to support multi-skilled trades and deliver homes in a controlled environment
  • it could increase standards and reduce the impacts of variable weather and site difficulties on the final product, increasing build speeds and reducing costs
  • a number of companies, housing associations and local authorities have already used this approach – and it has potential to grow further
  • we want companies in Scotland to maximise the potential of innovative design and construction techniques to deliver a greater number of greener homes

New build market transformation (NBMT)

A theme of Scotland's Sustainable Housing Strategy was transforming the market for new buildings. We want companies in Scotland to maximise the potential of innovative design and construction techniques to deliver a greater number of greener homes.