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Why we need a design code for modular homes


Every 10 years or so someone produces a groundbreaking report, Egan etc. that the construction industry is hopeless, and needs radical reform. Some worthwhile and sensible incremental changes are made, and things get better. The construction industry is not as bad as some academics seem to think. And our architects and Engineers are amongst the best in the world. What holds up housing production is the availability of suitable land, and getting planning permission past hopeless local authorities and the local nimbies. The construction industry is quite capable of keeping up with this tourtiose, especially with all the hard working skilled labour we are getting from Eastern Europe. This will continue, despite Brexit, because this is where this workforce wants to work. Building is a bespoke trade, components like boilers, baths and cookers are provided by specialist suppliers, but they are assembled on site, brick by brick, joist by joist. It's quite simple. If prefab was the best way to go it would have been adopted years ago, despite it being trail blazed by some very good architects and Huf houses. Small teams with a wheel barrow and a cement mixer built 4 million, mostly semi detached homes from pattern books between the 2 world wars, revived the economy, and paid for the ships and Spitfires that won the second war. The suburbs aren't as boring as the hipsters think?! So stop wingeing, writing reports, and just get on with it?

Posted date

10 October, 2017

Posted time

2:03 pm