Modern methods of construction offer new ways of building sustainably, productively and efficiently. With a pressing need for more UK housing stock the construction industry is looking to capitalise on advances in smart construction including: volumetric constructions, sub-assemblies, components, pods, panelised systems, site-based MMC and on-site efficiency methods.

The benefits of modular construction across the supply chain are well chronicled:

  • Speed of construction – an indoor production line which is not affected by adverse weather.
  • Consistent high quality – guided by certification, numerous aspects of quality can be controlled more easily in a factory-built environment e.g. acoustic, durability, fire, security, resilience, structural, sustainability and wellbeing.
  • Skilled workforce – offsite housing is not as affected by the shortage of skilled labour in the construction industry.
  • Flexibility – modular constructions can be assembled and disassembled for relocation, refurbishment and re-use.
  • Cost reduction.
  • Quicker return on investment.
  • Reduced waste – factory production brings about design consistencies to minimise the waste of components. WRAP believes this to be as much as 70-90% waste savings.
  • Environmentally friendly – the reduced time on actual building sites provides a less intrusive environment for surrounding businesses, households and road networks.

To assure the growth in offsite construction BRE Global is developing the new standard, BPS 7014, forming the basis for a certification scheme for offsite construction systems and components. BPS 7014 complements existing sector standards and initiatives, such as those being explored with Buildoffsite.

Have your say in the development of BPS 7014.

For further details contact Mike Perry
(0)333 321 8811

Download the overview of the DRAFT
BPS 7014 standard

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Modular construction: how BRE can help manufacturers and the supply chain

It is important to home owners that their buildings are sound proofed to achieve a level of comfort. Acoustic properties for modular constructions can be built in at the factory and tested to meet Approved Document E. With our new sound transmission laboratory and anechoic chamber BRE is well-equipped to help manufacturers reach industry standards for acoustic rating.

For more details contact Gary Timmins.

Home owners and the rest of the supply chain (including investors, contractors, insurers, mortgage lenders) are keen to know the properties will stand the test of time. Durability of modular homes has been an issue in the past but advances in technology are addressing these issues. BRE, amongst other things, can assess the structural design of modular units and the racking resistance of walls. Our vast structural laboratory enables us to test full-scale 3-D structures. The ability to do so offers confidence that those certificated to BPS 7014 will be able to withstand the rigours of what is expected.

Learn more about BRE engineering services.

It is critical that the materials used in offsite construction have the fire resistance and protection that is legally required. BRE’s team of experts can undertake numerous types of tests on a variety of materials to ensure that the construction conforms to standards and will safeguard the occupants and property.

Learn more about BRE’s fire testing services.

Home-owners require the reassurance and peace of mind that they have effective security, as too do insurers. BRE is able to certify systems to verify intruder resistance against rigorous standards such as LPS 1175, LPS 1242 and LPS 1270, which cover numerous elements such as doorsets, garages, rooflights, windows, walls, cladding systems and conservatories.

Learn more about security testing and LPCB standards.

We already know that modular homes are efficient in terms of waste and the circular economy. BRE can help with sustainabilityEPDs, LINA and BREEAM ratings.

The ability to control climate is important for householders. Heat and light are considered in BPS 7014, along with other wellbeing comfort factors. Our experts in light and internal air quality can contribute to the success of modular construction units. Unlike many elements of offsite construction this is one aspect that is affected by the positioning of each unit. BRE is at the forefront of research into positive health and wellbeing extending their research to the Biophilic Office.

For more information visit  lighting, solar shading and internal air quality.

Floods are ever more frequent and have devastating effects. Resilience can be built into offsite structures.

Learn more about the resilience services BRE has to offer.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) informs housing projects through design, delivery and
operation. The use of BIM in the BPS 7014 scheme will capture information that can drive effective maintenance and refurbishment, and foster collaboration throughout the supply chain.

Learn more about BIM.

In the UK, it is estimated 12% of construction takes place offsite – a market value of £1.5 billion – which is set to grow. The government intends for 100,000 new modular homes to be built during this parliament. It is therefore crucial that these pre-manufactured homes are well manufactured and perform to the highest standard. Offsite housing with certification from BRE Global will demonstrate integrity.

BPS 7014 Offsite Construction Standard looks at all aspects of quality and will be available in 2018.

Hear more about modular construction, BPS 7014 and meet the BRE team:

Meet us at forthcoming events:

Construction Industry Federation Annual Conference
2 October 2018 – Croke Park, Dublin

UK Construction Week
9-11 October 2018 – NEC, Birmingham

London Build Expo
23-24 October 2018 – Olympia, London

Offsite Construction Show
20-21 November 2018 – ExCel, London