Published in Design & Construction on: Thu, Jun 21, 2018 10:41 AM
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Mention modern methods of construction and often the next word in the sentence is ‘modular’.
The adoption of a single word to cover all forms of offsite construction is actually creating a misunderstanding throughout the industry.
Mike Fairey, of light gauge steel offsite manufacturer Fusion Building Systems, explains.
I probably need to start by back-tracking a little and explain what offsite manufacturing (OSM) is.
There's nothing new about OSM – it’s been used as a construction method for decades, the only reason more people seem to be talking about it now, is because it offers so many benefits over traditional building methods, for example:
• Safer working conditions • Improved quality and standard of build • Shorter and predictable build times • Fewer materials and deliveries to site.