Chris Brown -Housing Today
This is going to come as a shock to some: the purpose of housebuilders is to profit from solving the problems of people, place and planet, not to profit from trashing them. “We need fewer, smaller, greener and more affordable homes that improve people’s quality of life”, says Chris Brown, chair and founder of Igloo, adding “. And if that was not shock enough, I am paraphrasing the editor of that bastion of neo-liberal economics Lionel Barber, former editor of the Financial Times”.
GDP Growth Now Limited
False, Misleading or just Ignorant?
Cost of ‘Offsets’
Developers Not Trusted
No One is TOO SMALL
Not Good Enough to Build a Home
Overwhelming Force imminent
2025 is ‘Too Late’
Government WILL enforce
Buyers Demands ARE Changing
Uncaring, Untrustworthy & Greedy
Fewer, Smaller & Greener Homes
Mindset Change Champions
The ‘Scales’ are falling – and tilting
Chris Brown is late to the party. We’ve been promoting everything he suggests for decades. However, it is good to find that the scales are falling from even more eyes and that the balance may be tilting progressively toward our premise and ‘value proposition/s’. Our aim is to deliver highly energy efficient and environmentally sustainable Beautiful Buildings. We’ve spent years creating them to satisfy all types of design, so can help you, your buyers or tenants, adapting our business innovations and developments to your projects . This really means engaging with your whole team to deliver on time and within budget. It requires 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 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.