Although offsite construction is still relatively rare in the UK, it can provide guaranteed performance ratings for sustainable housing in a market where this is
an increasing requirement.
Given the important role smaller firms can play in housebuilding, this can create a challenge, according to Construction Sector Network chief executive Karl Redmond.
“SMEs that don’t have experience with offsite can, through lack of knowledge, decrease the code level of a building, such as by drilling holes in the wrong place.
When that happens, the client will blame the main contractor and that will get passed down to the subcontractor,” he warns.
His advice is to partner with offsite manufacturers to understand their systems. CSN is running a pilot scheme where an SME subcontractor has partnered with an offsite manufacturer, so the subcontractor will have a new skill set, be more marketable and ultimately be able to charge higher margins.
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