LABC Warranty takes first steps to share technical knowledge of MMC

Leading Warranty providers including LABC Warranty have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which commits them to an increased technical collaboration on the sharing of knowledge and transparency of the assessment methodology for homes built using modern methods of construction (MMC).

The raising of standards and quality of MMC homes should ensure making mortgage and insurance products more available for them. More consistency of standards will also encourage more developers and housing providers to adopt MMC components and systems.

MMC often involves offsite manufacturing, panelised walling and volumetric pods, allowing homes to be assembled on site and built much more quickly than via traditional house building methods.

Industry research suggests that homes built using MMC can have up to 80% fewer defects and could reduce heating bills by up to 70%.

Important milestone for MMC in the UK

The government called the announcement an ‘important step’ towards standardising warranty providers’ assessments of MMC homes.

Housing minister Christopher Pincher added: “Building green, well-designed homes is at the heart of this government’s mission to support people in every part of the country.

“We’re bringing together the talents of our manufacturing and financial industries to back new technologies that could see us leading the world in the design of high-quality, low-carbon homes with the mortgage and insurance products needed to support them.”

Sarah Sheppard, Technical Director at LABC Warranty, said: “LABC Warranty are pleased to be involved in the raising of standards within the MMC market through this collaboration. The innovation team have been working hard with the industry to ensure that our approval process is thorough to enable end users to have confidence in new innovative products.”

LABC Warranty will be working with other warranty providers and the MMC Working Group, created by the government to help boost the number of homes built using modern methods.

Many social housing providers are adopting MMC methods and more are keen to invest in them, but barriers including lack of knowledge, procurement challenges and inconsistent standards are holding some back.

Working with Building Control to standardise MMC products and systems

LABC Warranty has been working with our Building Control network partners, LABC, for some time on a pre-approval service for MMC products and systems that combines warranty and building control approval.

LABC Assured is aimed at manufacturers and designers of MMC components and systems, providing joint certification for building control and warranty approval in England and Wales.

Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.

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