In 2018, Sam Stacey was appointed challenging director of the UK Research and Innovation’s Transforming Construction Challenge.
The project funds like projects which prove that using modern methods of construction can build schools, homes and office blocks more quickly and safely while also using significantly less energy.
Is modular housing the way forward?
Modular housing tends to bring to mind pods, and we don’t want to think just in these terms.
We are focusing more on smaller assemblies such as a wall panel or a roofing unit.
We want to be as flexible as possible, we don’t want solutions that give people a lot of logistical problems in terms of moving massive great modular houses down motorways etc.
What do you think constitutes success for the construction industry over the next few years?
From my point of view, I want to see a really effective construction industry deployed in the most effective way to benefit society and the environment.
I want to see a massively more sustainable built environment, a significant reduction in whole life cost of buildings, much faster delivery of buildings and I’d like to see an improvement in the balance of trade position for the UK.
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