Esmee Johnson-Evans – 24 Housing
Health & Happiness
Pride & Empowerment
Communities Creating Homes
Improved Employment Opportunities
Going from Strength to Strength
Convince Decision Makers of Value
Part of the Solution
“I have been overwhelmed in hearing the benefits residents gain from living in community-led housing.
“The difference tenants feel in terms of improved skills, increased confidence and improved mental well-being to name but a few – demonstrates why community-led housing can, and should be part of the solution to the housing crisis we face here in Wales,” she said.
“I’m looking forward to watching community-led housing grow and flourish – and contribute towards our commitment to build 20,000 affordable homes during this Assembly term.”
DfMA in Focus
Whatever system is used to build Community Homes, almost certainly they will increasingly be produced under MMC and maybe Off-Site technologies. Taking these to the next level will be the shift to DfMA - Design for Manufacture & Assembly; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development. This engages the whole team responsible for delivery on time and within budget. It requires a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications.
Partnering for Progress
All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced by established ‘Off-Site’ MMC manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.
Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers will deliver these. The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) ‘Smart Ware’ gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.
While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as ‘OffSite Hub” note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something we have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
Easy Timber Frame
To assist them in doing so our “Easy Timber Frame “ now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results. This virtually provides any housebuilder or architect with their own bespoke design factory facility.