DfMA – The need to think differently about the role of the design team.
The construction industry is currently experiencing a revolution in its approach to design. The principle of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA), in conjunction with the use of standardised designs, modular construction and digital engineering through tools such as B.I.M., will assist the industrialisation of the construction process.
A tipping point for DfMA
Five years on since the first edition, the DfMA Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 comes at a seminal point in the construction industry’s evolution. DfMA is becoming embedded as part of the default, with the UK Government’s presumption in favour of offsite manufacturing enshrined in the Construction Playbook and Value Toolkit, and big commercial players investing in factories and new processes.
Architects can be seen as the natural custodians of good design and have the potential to help lead in the adoption of DfMA. The case studies presented in the Overlay demonstrate that the value and sustainability benefits brought about through MMC can go hand in hand with great architecture.
Check out our short video with industry leaders discussing collaborative projects taking place between industry and government.
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