The Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) Innovation in Buildings Workstream has released a report outlining the barriers to the take-up and commercialisation of smart construction.

Smart Construction is building design, construction and operation, that through collaborative partnerships makes full use of digital technologies and industrialised manufacturing techniques to improve productivity, minimise whole life cost, improve sustainability and maximise user benefits.
Over 40 industry experts contributed to the report following a strategic road mapping session in April, facilitated by Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing, with 11 key barriers identified, including the following top 5 in order of priority:

  • Lack of collaboration
  • Lack of demand
  • Investment in suppliers who can support Smart Construction
  • Lending, valuation and insurance
  • Immature supply chain

The report also identified the innovations and technologies to overcome these barriers, as well as the key external drivers that will shape Smart Construction.
The CLC Innovation in Buildings workstream aims to improve productivity, capacity and use of innovation in the housing sector by addressing barriers to progress and helping the industry to implement new methods of construction to increase housing supply.
Innovation in Buildings Workstream Leader, Mike Chaldecott, also General Delegate of Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, said: “Improving capacity, productivity and innovation in construction are key aspirations for the Government. Success in these areas will have enormous benefits for the UK economy at large and for the construction and housing sectors more specifically. Innovation can lead to job creation and new ways of construction, which can have a direct impact on improving the performance of buildings which account for at least a third of UK carbon emissions.These ambitions need planning through collective thought and collaboration across the industry. I’m delighted with the work of a wide range of colleagues from industry and across academia in contributing to this strategic roadmapping process."