The Future for Precast Concrete in Low-Rise Housing
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The Future for Precast Concrete in Low-Rise Housing
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The Future for Precast Concrete in Low-Rise Housing

Author: Dr Jacqueline Glass | Size: 0.95 MB | Format: PDF | Publisher: BCA | Year: 2000 | pages: 62 | ISBN: 0953677303

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Much has been written in the trade press and in research papers regarding the potential for prefabricated and off-site methods of manufacture to bring both increased speed and enhanced quality to UK construction projects. The Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions (DETR) and the precast concrete industry have noted this interest and have been pro-active in seeking to establish the true extent of this trade and public interest in factory production techniques. These techniques have been supported by Sir John Egan’s ‘Rethinking Construction’ report as the way forward for improving quality and speed of construction. House building in the UK is a major industry but much potential exists to further develop the design, construction, procurement and aftercare of new build homes. The basic construction technology used relies mainly on traditional skills and materials; these are still used in the majority of new housing projects. Although the construction industry has previously been known for its tardiness in adopting new techniques, there is renewed interest in assessing the scope for prefabrication and industrialised building techniques. It is with this background that the Precast Housing Feasibility Study Group was established in March 1999 to review the use of precast concrete in the low-rise domestic housing market, as individual components or as integrated modular forms of construction. The findings of the Precast Housing Feasibility Study Group are presented in this publication which aims to assess the feasibility of using precast concrete elements to build cost effective and aesthetically pleasing low-rise dwellings that meet occupiers’ expectations and comply with the Building Regulations.

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