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Katerra said the takeovers would add 320 employees to its payroll, bringing total numbers to 8,500.
Addressing the Issues
Clearly more new homes are required globally. Making them ‘Off-Site’ using latest technology, innovative materials and digitising design stacks up well with this dynamic group – and their Japanese backer. It also merges some of the work of architects and surveyors into the process in the Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA) requirement. Housebuilders and contractors can still to incorporate ‘Off-Site’ into their procedures and processes without necessarily building ‘me-too’ volumetric boxes (although they have a place). Better still, they can seek partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits.
As Off-Site Construction matures into Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) this is clearly at the forefront in turning construction workers into technical deliverer and enablers for such delivery. Additionally, new homes will very soon be ‘Smart’ in numerous ways, including full incorporation of energy saving and TIoT (the internet of things) to deliver major components. This is something that ‘Off-Site’. DfMA (Design for Manufacture & Assembly) will need to seriously consider as the industry moves forward.
Greater collaborative ‘partnering’ between architects, builders and manufacturers is needed to accomplish this 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 w have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.
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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.