A company working with construction professionals in the UK is developing a kit to build energy efficient schools off site and then ship them to their final location. This will reduce the waste generated during traditional construction as well as allow buildings to be built quickly, provide good value to taxpayers and be 100% recycled at the end of their life.
The news comes just weeks after the UK government announced a scheme to modernize national schools. The recovery program will begin in 2020-21, when the first 50 projects will be supported at more than £ 1 billion. More details on the new 10-year construction program will be outlined in the next UK government spending review.
The goal is to reduce construction costs and the total cost of living of buildings by a third, while delivering the same buildings in half the time and with a 50% reduction in carbon emissions in the construction sector.
Fully designed and developed in the UK, the solution will allow schools to grow and adapt as needed. In addition, a standardized approach to off-site construction can be used to create emergency medical facilities during a crisis.
Phil Clements, CTO at Tata Steel UK, said: “Traditional building technologies using bricks, mortar and wood can be slow, wasteful and have a significant impact on the environment.
“This project will enable thousands of children to access education in buildings that have been designed with the latest technology, built off-site to reduce emissions, and can be reused and recycled.”
Using the same method as automakers who build several different models on the same chassis, the project, led by the consortium, will determine the roadmap for future construction.
The UK-funded Research and Innovation Project (UKRI) will show how standardized components can be mass-produced to provide better quality, performance and cost for sectors including education and healthcare.