When someone thinks about how a house is built, images of bustling, noisy and dusty construction sites spring to mind.

Our hunger for new buildings and internal space has an impact on the planet. A recent report from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, International Energy Agency and the UN Environment Programme, said building construction and operations were, globally, responsible for 36% of final energy use in 2018.

Published in December 2019, the Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction also stated that, worldwide, the sector accounted for 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in 2018.As demand for new residential and commercial structures grows, could modular, pre-fabricated buildings manufactured “off-site” have a role to play in the future of sustainable construction?

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