Because MiC construction technology is new to Hong Kong, there’s a lengthy government statutory approval process to resolve the technical challenges associated with this new construction approach and ensure it complies with current building regulations
. This is unavoidable, especially as the intention is for the approach to be widely adopted and refined in forthcoming MiC projects.
More practical challenges include trucking in offsite elements to site, as the width restrictions on HK roads mean special vehicle permits are required
. To solve the problem longer-term, we’re working with universities to develop an innovative module that can be contracted and enlarged for multi-storey modular building. So, we can make it small, transport it – and then expand it onsite with minimum site work.