Last edited 31 Dec 2020

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BSRIA launches Offsite Construction for Building Services topic guide



[edit] Introduction

BSRIA has launched a free-to-download topic guide entitled ‘Offsite Construction for Building Services’. The ‘at a glance publication’ aims to give readers a glimpse of the subject and suggests further reading.

Offsite construction, sometimes also referred to as ‘offsite manufacture’, ‘pre-fabrication’ or ‘modular construction’, is a general term for making parts of a building away from the construction site, in a purpose-built facility, before transporting them and installing them in their final location. It has the potential to make things on site much easier.

Mechanical and electrical systems

Installing several mechanical and electrical systems on a ‘live’ construction site can be challenging, with limited space, health and safety considerations. And often to a demanding schedule.

The guide highlights offsite construction for services distribution, namely: vertical services risers; larger assemblies; horizontal distribution; offsite construction for packaged rooms – and inside or outside? Also included is whether offsite construction is right for the project in hand.

[edit] Author comments

The guide’s author, John Sands, Principal Consultant, BSRIA, said:

“As with any technology or process, the use of offsite construction needs to be considered carefully to get the best from it. Working in a controlled, purpose-made environment can increase productivity, with no distractions from other construction site activities or issues.

“Time spent on site is also reduced as assemblies arrive ready to be put in place, together with reduced downtime in the factory where work isn’t affected by other events on the construction site.

“The controlled environment enables quality to be improved – the right conditions can be provided for the task and quality control procedures followed – rather than the general conditions of the construction site.

“But it is worth remembering, that flexibility can be reduced as it is harder to accommodate changes that occur on site if the assemblies are being made in the factory – especially at short notice.”

[edit] A few watchpoints

TG 17/2019 'Offsite Construction for Building Services' is free to download from the BSRIA website: BSRIA topic guides.


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