The potential role of Modern Methods of Construction in addressing systemic supply issues

In recent years, there has been growing interest in modern methods of construction (MMC) and their potential to address systemic housing supply problems. While contemporary MMC practices offer numerous benefits, such as better building quality, higher quality control, faster construction, and reduced environmental impacts, their adoption remains slower than it could be. Much of the academic evidence on MMC has focused on technical barriers and solutions, neglecting essential aspects of the wider development process, such as business models, regulatory practices, and consumer preferences.

To address this gap, this research examines existing international evidence on modern methods of development (MMD), which shifts the focus away from construction to a broader institutional perspective. The review covers business models, regulatory practices, and consumer preferences as core aspects of understanding what drives the adoption of MMC. The findings reveal that state leadership is crucial in promoting and incentivising MMC as a mainstream form of housing provision. Furthermore, while MMC offers unique processes, they are often considered risky due to project complexity and a fragmented supply chain.

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Date: April 13, 2023 11:40 am

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