[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Prefabricated Housing

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:53 am on 4th November 2015.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods Shadow Minister (Housing) 9:53 am, 4th November 2015

I absolutely agree. The task is to try to envisage a wider role for such specialist housing. I think that we can see that, but there is a real issue about how we can spread it more widely. I want to raise a couple of issues that need to be taken on board if it is to have much wider application.

Although the units in that scheme in south-west London had high energy efficiency and insulation specifications, that is not always the case. Some off-site housing still has poor insulation, or uses insulation materials that will not stand the test of time. That must be taken on board.

Points were made about off-site construction using less raw material. That might be the case in construction, because when houses are built in a factory to the same design, companies will create less waste. However, in transporting these units, a lot of wood and plastic is often used; those issues need to be taken on board.