Construction Index News
Massive Cost Hikes Forecast
Danger to Wildlife
More Action Needed
A lot of plastic is still mixed up with general waste and sent to landfill
Merchant Price Increases
Expanded polystyrene (used here for permanent insulation
rather than disposable packaging) isn't commonly recycled
Now Major Cost Centre
Worse After 2023
Industry to Pay Full Cost
New EPR Rules
Just Waking Up
In the future, builders merchants will play a key role in rethinking the way products are packaged
Comparison With Landfill Tax
Long Term Contractual Consequences
Reduce YOUR Exposure
Off-Site to the Rescue
Part of creating sustainable, energy efficient, sustainable buildings involves keeping pace with legislation and Off-Site MMC firms will not be slow to address these new burdens. Modular Off-site MMC SIP & Timber Frame structures provide excellent flexibility to do this. Working with architects, planners and environmentalists to satisfy all types of design, we are already well on the way to incorporating waste reduction measures into our procedures and processes. This means our ‘Volumetric’ and ‘Flat pack’ modular building solutions can ‘tread lightly on the earth’ as we adapt our business innovations and developments to your environmental needs.
For example, standard designs from our very low rise ‘SolidLox’ brand enable us to provide buildings that do not require massive foundations and which can avoid harming tree roots while delivering on time and within budget. Such projects require a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing information and communications. Applying DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) defines the process of taking these to the next level; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development – and to those who just ‘talk about it’!
Partnering for Modular 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.