04 October 2019

Off-site and industrialised timber construction: Delivering quality and efficiency 2nd ed.

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Photo: Lindbäcks Bygg & Maria Fäldt


The upsurge in popularity of innovative technologies and non-traditional methods of construction naturally follows need. The UK has been in the midst of a housing crisis for a prolonged period of time, aggravated by a steadily growing population and prohibitive land prices – to name just a few contributory issues.


The proportion of people living in private rented accommodation only soars higher, while first-time buyers are struggling to get onto the market.


Simultaneously, an increase of awareness for the need to construct sustainable, carbon-neutral buildings seems to support the current take-up of off-site construction. This is for a range of reasons – but, fundamentally, most off-site manufacture takes place within factories, which have better control over energy and emissions than construction sites, including more options for alternative, renewable sources of power.


However, it is well-documented that the benefits of off-site construction go beyond the factory environment, especially in the case of off-site timber construction. These systems reduce overall waste, allow for the recycling of unused materials, cut build times, and result in safer, cleaner sites where buildings are much more likely to be delivered on time.


These benefits are further magnified when off-site systems are used in conjunction with mechanisms for enhanced efficiency and quality, i.e. design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA). Buildings which utilise elements designed for off-site manufacture and produced within a factory are categorically more likely to meet the specification and design intent than elements which were built on-site.


TRADA is pleased to announce that its forthcoming title Off-site and industrialised timber construction: Delivering quality and efficiency 2nd edition will be published shortly. The book is an authoritative guide for designers, construction professionals and manufacturers. It provides a detailed history of off-site timber construction and demonstrates how it can increase efficiency and sustainability.


The new edition expands on the different types of off-site construction available and includes the latest technological developments that have advanced in the past decade, such as: mobile and digital manufacturing; building information modelling (BIM); mechanisation, automation and robotics; computer-aided design (CAD); computer-aided manufacturing (CAM); and augmented and virtual reality. A brand-new chapter featuring recent case studies showcases how off-site and other non-traditional methods of timber construction have been used to successfully complete a project brief.


TRADA’s Jacquie Shanahan shared:


‘TRADA has long recognised the value of off-site and non-traditional methods of timber construction, and timber’s potential role in maximising this value. When combined, the traits of both really do shine. We hope the latest edition of Off-site and industrialised timber construction: Delivering quality and efficiency goes just one step further in helping people come to the same conclusion.’


Off-site and industrialised timber construction: Delivering quality and efficiency 2nd edition is available to pre-order here