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Fresh housing minister Esther McVey wants a "housing green revolution" and has said that the north of England “has the potential to become a world-leader in the creation of modern, high-quality homes”.
Visiting Factory 2050, part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, she announced plans for a new “centre of excellence”.
McVey MP told gathered developers, small businesses and academics: “We must invest in this new technology. It’s as simple as that.
“The benefits are clear. Some modular homes can be built in a factory over a week. And assembled on site in a day.
“Industry has told us some homes built using modern methods can have 80% fewer defects and heating bills up to 70% lower.”
She added that “homes built using modern methods can be of higher quality, greener and built to last,” and that she wanted to see “a housing green revolution. In the north of England where the first industrial revolution began.”
According to the minister, the venture could be worth up to £40 billion to the UK, part of a “new post-Brexit industry”.