Could Timber Help Solve The UK’s Construction Problem?
There is a need for more housing in the UK and the government has set an ambitious target of delivering one million new dwellings by the end of 2020. Planning and Building Control Today noted that the current Conservative government has stated that it will honour this pledge, and has also committed to building half a million more homes by the end of 2022.
To meet these targets, the country needs to construct between 240,000 and 340,000 new homes a year.
However, just 222,000 homes were constructed in England in 2017-18. The news provider pointed out that even if we’re able to build enough properties to meet demand, if people are unable to afford them then it doesn’t help much either.
This is where timber construction can help. Sustainable timber can help the building industry to decarbonise and meet sustainability targets, while timber frame homes are typically quicker to construct than homes built using traditional methods.
Modular construction is set to “turn UK housebuilding on its head”, the news provider stated. “Modular homes not only cut construction time by up to half, they also require less labour and materials, which typically reduces cost,” the article added.
Embracing this way of constructing homes could help building firms stay within their tight margins and mean more homes are delivered more quickly.
And there are signs that the sector is moving in the right direction. Research published last month found that UK new house completions increased by 2.6 per cent in the year to July.
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