Registered social housing providers are increasingly embracing the use of off-site building techniques.

According to a study by Inside Housing, 17 of the UK's largest housing associations plan to start building 22,544 homes between 2015 and 2018.

Some 56.8 per cent of these will be built with off-site methods, such as modular construction. The figure had stood at just 46.3 per cent between 2011 and 2015.

Spectrum Housing Group is among the organisations to favour this approach, as it is employing off-site methods on more than 1,000 of the 1,725 homes it has lined up for construction in the coming years.

A spokesman said this is because it offers a number of advantages over traditional building techniques, such as a faster speed of delivery, high health and safety standards and improved build quality. 

Meanwhile, DCH Group revealed it is using off-site methods on half of the homes it is due to start because the technology can help it control costs, quality and construction time. Furthermore, it noted that this approach reduces the impact of adverse weather on any building project.

Fifteen out of the 17 landlords polled agree that off-site manufacturing is important if the UK is to deliver the number of homes it needs in the future.

However, some did raise concerns regarding this method. For instance, Walsall Housing Group pointed out that the government has not offered any clear policy or funding incentive to encourage landlords to embrace off-site techniques.

Furthermore, the organisation said the mainstream developer market has yet to fully get behind modern methods of construction.