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Offsite construction

New and smarter construction techniques are needed if we are to build a more profitable and sustainable industry that can deliver the significant reductions in costs, project times and CO2 emissions that are called for by the Construction Playbook.

Learn about offsite

The term Offsite Construction encompasses a wide spectrum of innovations, not just volumetric modular units.

The construction industry needs to grasp the concept of construction industrialisation, and learn new competencies, as illustrated on the graphic below.

An industrialised approach requires five key competencies;

  • design for manufacture & assembly (DfMA),
  • offsite manufacture,
  • logistics and onsite assembly,
  • best-in-class maintenance.

These competencies are underpinned by eight management skills. You can find out more about these in the management topic.

The School provides hundreds of best-in-class learning resources that help to build an understanding of offsite:
  • Sub-topics – the five elements of industrialisation: DfMA, offsite manufacturing, logistics, onsite assembly and best-in-class maintenance
  • Format – do you prefer video, e-learning, workshops, webinars or web documents?
  • Competency level – beginner, intermediate or advanced.

To find resources that suit you, view Topics or select Learn from the main menu. Whilst all our resources are free, we do ask that you register with the School to access them.

Check out our newest resources, helping us to make Offsite for Everyone.

Offsite for Everyone

In this short video, industry leaders explain how offsite and MMC technologies can help address carbon, skills and productivity issues facing construction.

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DfMA – Why Now?

Design for Man and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly

DfMA is about embedding efficiency throughout a product’s life-cycle, including…

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Offsite Manufacture
Offsite Manufacture

Bringing factory thinking to the construction process, to industrialise the…

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Offsite logistics

Moving to an offsite approach has significant impacts on offsite…

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Onsite Assembly

The onsite assembly process is the management and culmination of…

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Design for Maintenance

Implementation of decisions taken at the design stage through the…

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Introductory offsite resources

Free-to-access training materials, videos, webinars and resources for your use.

Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Design for Manufacture and Assembly
Management Capabilities
Management Capabilities

The School is pleased to be part of the Smart Construction Network.

This is a collaboration of organisations who are leading the way in supporting innovative construction firms taking their crucial first steps towards adopting smarter, more modern methods of construction. Since its launch, the Network has grown to include organisations with world-leading expertise in the fields of offsite manufacturing, BIM & digital construction, and high-performance buildings.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School teamed up with Kier to create the Modern Methods of Construction database.

It’s really important for clients and professional designers to understand the capabilities of the offsite construction supply chain. This interactive map allows offsite manufacturers to have visibility of who does what in the supply chain and to start the process of building those really important collaborations.

Offsite logistics
“The Offsite School is an excellent source of knowledge on DfMA and offsite construction. Its combination of online resources and face to face training delivery means that you can choose the style of learning that best suits your organisation.”
Nigel Ostime, Project Delivery Director, Hawkins Brown Architects
Offsite Assessment
Benchmark your knowledge of offsite processes against the industry, meet client requirements and get your business recognised.
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Training and events
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Offsite Leadership Group Meeting Notes

Catch up on what’s been discussed in the Offsite Leadership Group meetings.

Our Partners

The School is a collaboration between clients, contractors and suppliers who have a mutual interest in building the skills of their supply chain. They pay for the School, so it's all FREE for you.