Industry professionals' perceptions of modern methods of construction

Dalton, Charles (2011) Industry professionals' perceptions of modern methods of construction. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Modern Methods of Construction primarily involves the production of homes in factories which are later assembled on site; this method of construction has a variety of benefits over traditional, masonry, brick and block construction such as; faster construction, greater business efficiency, fewer defects and enhanced environmental and energy performance. Historic perceptions, negative publicity and increased costs have acted as a barrier to the uptake of modern methods of construction, however these perceptions may have somewhat been overcome.

    The purpose of this research project is to critically compare the views of industry professionals, and assess how their perceptions of modern methods of construction differ. This was achieved by means of a literature review to provide the qualitative research formulated through a desk study of previously publicised information together with a questionnaire aimed at industry professionals, providing the primary quantitative data.

    Analysis of the research found that the historically poor perceptions of modern methods of construction are slowly beginning to change as the benefits are becoming more widely recognised. Other barriers are also beginning to be overcome, with industry professional’s perceptions and the subsequent use of modern methods of construction increasing as the demand for energy efficiency and eventually zero carbon homes becomes a reality.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2011 16:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5381

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