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How Britain Could Benefit from Building Upwards

How Britain
Could Benefit from Building Upwards

  • It
    could boost the productivity of the UK’s construction sector by 50%
    – rooftop homes use the modular housing method, where workers only need to
    be semi-skilled. It’s, therefore, easier to train staff, the hiring
    process is easier, and it helps overcome the industry’s critical challenge
    of an ageing workforce.
  • Upwards
    extensions could save 1/5 of London’s Green Belt
    – Annually, 66,000 homes need to be built in London to meet the housing
    shortage demand. With 1/5 (22%) of London landing on the Green Belt, there
    are calls to release the land to build homes. However, upwards extensions
    could refrain this from happening.    
  • Rooftop
    homes could reduce construction waste by up to 90%
    – The more traditional methods of construction create 400 million tons of
    waste each year. However, rooftop extensions use the ‘modular home’
    method, which is more controlled, due to standard sizes and layouts. This
    method reduces waste by up to 90%.  
  • Building
    upwards allows more homes to be built in dense cities
    – this allows people to live in city centres, rather than forcing them to
    move to commuting areas.

UK’s Biggest
‘Building Upwards’ Opportunities

Although ‘building
upwards’ is a possible solution for the housing crisis, it’s important to
consider which cities need it the most.

Insulation Express have, therefore, calculated how many residents share a sqm across the UK:

Brighton and Hove has more people (10) packed into a residential sqm than
London (7). In such a densely packed city, there are limitations on where to
build on land so skyward extensions could be hugely beneficial for the housing

the full findings, including the challenges of building upwards: https://www.insulationexpress.co.uk/blog/britain-benefit-building-upwards/