Housing and the current crisis has been a popular discussion in the media the past few months. As someone who has experience of housing issues and affordable housing I thought I’d focus a post on this and see if there are solutions or alternatives out there for the UK at present.
With an estimated 1.2 million households currently on the housing list, and the governments plans to build 300,000 new homes annually by 2025. There will still be a housing deficit due to the construction industry not being in a position to fulfil those requirements at present and the fact that only 22 percent of these will be allocated to affordable housing.
With house prices continuing to rise and private rents increasing up to 60% faster than wages, more households are trying to get off the private renting ladder, and instead into more affordable social housing. The National Housing Federation has predicted that if the housing shortage continues at its current growth, 100,000 households will be in temporary accommodation by 2020.
Could modular housing be the answer?
Modular homes are built in factories away from the site where the property will sit. Sections are transported to the site and then constructed into one. As the current industry is struggling under the pressure to build even half of what the government has pledged, modular builds could save time, reduce costs and provide a much needed solution to a growing problem.
The UK housing crisis is also affected due to a falling number of skilled workers and lack of government funding. It is also thought that the housing shortage could worsen after Brexit as there could be fewer skilled workers and the usual £10 million of EU funding would be lost.
So it seems that perhaps, modular building could be the perfect answer in the growing crisis. Here are four reasons why modular is a viable option for the growing housing crisis.
1. Modular homes are more affordable as they take less time to build, making them more accessible to those needing affordable housing.
2. Unskilled workers can gain jobs in modular housing factories as they work on a production line so can be easily trained. This could solve the shortage of workers who can work in the construction industry.
3. Poor weather won’t hamper construction as the buildings are mainly constructed undercover in factories, reducing the number of days that construction can’t take place.
4. Modular homes are usually better for the environment as they use less power to produce and can be installed with all the latest eco-technology.
We’d love to know your thoughts/suggestions on whether modular builds could help solve the growing housing crisis, please comment and discuss below.
If you want more information, stats and source information please check out the original discussion by Insulation Express.
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