Could factory-built homes solve UK’s housing crisis?

By Dec.12, 2016

Factory-built homes could help solve the UK’s housing crisis, construction expert Professor Mohammed Arif has told the BBC.Professor Mohammed Arif

Factory-built homes, also known as modular houses, have the capability to deliver homes fast, cheaper and have a final product which is more energy efficient, Arif, Professor of Sustainability and Process Management, said.

The Professor in the School of the Built Environment told the BBC’s North West Tonight programme as part of a feature on a Liverpool housing association’s move into flat-pack construction. Flat-pack houses can be built in half the time of a conventional house.

He said: “Given what we are facing in terms of the rising costs of housing which has kicked an entire segment of the population out of the domain of home ownership, modular houses have the capability to deliver homes fast, cheaper and have a final product which is more energy efficient.”

Factory-built homes currently make up 1% of the supply, with the Government’s stated aim to build 100,000 by 2020.

See the BBC North West Tonight video here:

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