Balfour Beatty plans to reduce onsite building by 25% over the next seven years.
In the company’s latest policy report, Balfour set out an ambitious off-site manufacturing target for 2025 to reduce carbon emissions on site.
The policy will also improve workers’ safety and create new expertise, opening up a ‘‘massive export opportunity’’.
The initiative is in line with the Government’s 2025 strategy, which sets out a long-term vision for lowering emissions within the construction industry.
Balfour will accelerate change in key areas, so that it will be better placed to benefit when the UK commits more firmly to using offsite and modular techniques.
The company will focus on ensuring the continuity of pipeline flow, improving the standardisation of components and design, investing in research and development and changing the construction procurement model.
Balfour Beatty Group chief executive Leo Quinn said: “On a national level, industrialised construction would lead to the creation of thousands of jobs across the country over the next few years – if we invest now.
“For everyone in construction to reap the rewards of industrialised construction the industry must increase the pace of change, while the public sector and other infrastructure commissioners need to fund schemes that utilise industrialised techniques.”
Balfour’s commitment comes as leaders of major cities across the world pledged to make their buildings “net zero carbon” by 2050.
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