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Validating the relative importance of technology diffusion barriers- Exploring modular construction design-build practices in the UK

Martin, H, Garner, M, Manewa, RMAS and Chadee, A (2024) Validating the relative importance of technology diffusion barriers- Exploring modular construction design-build practices in the UK. International Journal of Construction Education and Research. ISSN 1557-8771

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Abstract

This research investigates the low use of modular construction despite its recognised cost, time, quality, safety, and sustainability advantages. Using technology diffusion theory, this study seeks to identify and rank the characteristics that impede modular building adoption, such as relative advantage, compatibility, complexity, trialability, and observability. A survey of industry professionals in the United Kingdom was undertaken, and the results, validated by a one-sample t-test, showed that attitudes towards modular building, rather than technical difficulties, are the key impediments to broad adoption. The degree to which modular construction resonates with prospective adopters' current values, past experiences, and requirements determines its acceptance. Traditional mindsets, the presence of traditional constructs, resistance to change, prior attitudes, bid prices, hesitation, and scepticism are all associated with non-adoption. Professional positions serve as a bridge between adopters and non-adapters. The research also emphasises the importance of design-build project delivery systems and early supplier chain participation in accelerating the mainstream adoption of modular construction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 09 Engineering; 12 Built Environment and Design; 13 Education; Building & Construction
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2024 16:23
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2024 13:15
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22572
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