Prefabricated building units and modern methods of construction (MMC)

M. Mapston,     MMConsult and one42morrow, UK

C. Westbrook,     Mtech Consult Ltd, UK


This chapter identifies what constitutes prefabricated buildings and offsite construction, and provides an overview of both old and new systems that are emerging under the banner of modern methods of construction (MMC). It hypothesises that the construction industry has been labelled as being reluctant to change, due in part to a ‘materials led’ approach to building design and delivery; and how government legislation is forcing change engendering a ‘building design led’ culture which seeks to satisfy future building needs and assure sustainability. It suggests that knowledge ...

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