The UK Government plans to standardise modern methods of construction (MMC) would remove barriers to innovation, one of the participants in a new initiative has told Construction News. Plans to establish a sector-wide standard for the construction industry would also encourage the wider use of modern building materials, equipment and techniques, said Tim Limberger, director of project management company Limberger Associates, which is part of a consortium leading the “Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Standardisation Research and Kit of Parts” project.
At the moment it is not clear which “standardisations” could be pursued, but Limberger said they could range from common language around the topic to practical applications. “If someone needs a wall panel for a two-storey low-rise house, for example, there could be common criteria which makes it easier for the MMC process to take place.” That could be especially helpful if multiple firms were producing modular parts for the same project.
Run by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the project will engage the industry to examine ways to make MMC more accessible to the industry.
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