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Building Offsite – An introduction


The use of Offsite Construction – The pre-assembly of construction components, elements or modules in a factory before installation in their final location- is growing internationally. In the UK offsite has been identi ed as a method of delivery for the Government 2025 Vision for Construction particularly given the housing shortage and regionally in Scotland there have been several Scottish Government led initiatives to actively promote offsite construction particularly in housing.

Building Offsite: An Introduction equips designers, construction professionals and students with an understanding offsite construction systems including: panelised, modular/ volumetric; sub-assemblies and components; and hybrid systems employing short sections of text, images, videos and diagrams to convey a clear message.

The Following Key Topics are Covered

  • Offsite Construction: Provides an overview of offsite construction its advantages and the barriers to uptake
  • Building In A Factory Environment: production, automation, design for manufacture and assembly (DFMA) explained as well as environmental impact, structural, thermal, acoustic and management considerations
  • Case Studies: a series of exemplar case studies which showcase offsite construction for the delivery of affordable housing
  • Building Offsite: An Introduction was funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

The content was produced by an industry and academic collaboration of CCG (OSM), Stewart Milne Timber Systems, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot Watt University in partnership with Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS). This publication is CPD content endorsed by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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