THE homes we live in will increasingly be constructed off-site as investors and developers seek to balance spiralling costs with environmental concerns, it is predicted.



Poole-based property finance specialist MSP Capital foresees a growing role for modular assembly methods as a cheaper and greener alternative to traditional construction.

Modular homes are built in sections, often in climate-controlled indoor facilities, and transported to their ultimate location to be positioned on pre-set foundations.Advocates hail cost efficiency advantages from shorter build times and the avoidance of delays caused by on-site weather risks.

It says there are also environmental benefits through less site waste and scrap, and greater scope for green innovation at the design stage on aspects such as insulation, water use and storage, and lighting and heating.

Lee Merrifield, underwriting and credit manager at MSP Capital, said: “We are in an economic climate with inflation hitting a 40-year high and the price of construction materials skyrocketing.“That’s because of supply chain impacts caused by the war in Ukraine, sanctions against Russia, the lingering impact of the pandemic, and Brexit.

“At the same time, investors, prospective housing occupants and government are all demanding that homes are built with environmental sustainability in mind because of the climate emergency.“This combination of factors has created a perfect opportunity to look in more detail at modular, energy-efficient approaches to housebuilding.

“If developers can shorten the build period and deliver an environmentally friendly product with low energy costs, then individual projects will be more attractive to both investors and customers.

“More widely, the sector as a whole can play its part in not only meeting government energy efficiency standards but in demonstrating genuine innovation on the path to net zero.”