Manufacturing efficiency and flexibility unlocks housing capacity
The UK urgently needs more housing that is affordable, pleasant to live in and economical to heat. Until now, the ability to balance affordability with quality, energy-efficiency and speed has been a brake on supply.
To achieve the goals of faster build times, repeatable quality levels and reduced costs, Innovaré has re-engineered the process of creating new housing, from design to assembly with a component-led solution, Flexihomes by Innovaré.
‘Component-led’ housing is a game-changing approach. It’s perfect for any contractor or developer seeking ways to provide energy-efficient, high quality and affordable homes. The product and the process ensure that homes are delivered to a timescale and budget you can rely on.
This innovative solution uses manufacturing disciplines and streamlined production processes to deliver greater efficiency and cost control. This is delivered through a systemised and flexible configurations to deliver economies of scale and meet individual needs. This considerable flexibility over the end product optimises land use, responds to local needs and enhances the viability of projects.
The principal benefits are:
- Greater consistency and certainty of above-ground development costs for all systemised designs.
- Limited or no cost premium for adapting designs to suit individual site configurations
- Watertight structure achieved within 48 hours.
- Truncated build times as the structures are completed in parallel to site preparation and groundworks.
- Standardised but adaptable floor plans for a range of home types from 1 bed apartments to 4 bed houses and bungalows.
Manufacturing disciplines and streamlined production processes simplify the construction phases of housing projects. The greater simplicity and control removes many of the risk factors faced by contractors and housing developers, including weather delays, skills shortages and coordination of multiple trades.
All homes feature fully fitted-out bathroom pods that are manufactured offsite and shipped as completed units to the site. the range of fittings can be adapted to suit the end-user environment and product specifications. The rest of the structure is formed from Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). These are precision-made in Innovaré’s manufacturing facility and have a design life of 60 years.
Panels are configured to suit the demands of each project. They are shipped for onsite assembly on a just-in-time basis.
Homes built from SIPs are quick and easy to assemble. The panels are made to fine tolerances for a precise, air-tight fit and the required thermal insulation is built into the panels. This ensures energy efficiency levels meet or exceed the design standards.
Innovaré’s design expertise helps ensure the viability of each project through the flexibility of product configurations that maximise land use and by providing accurate project costs and timing.
The design and manufacturing process is fully digitally-enabled. Advanced CAD technology breaks designs down into individual panels and components that are precision manufactured. The systemised designs make optimum use of the panels produced to simplify onsite assembly work and reduce waste.
- Our BIM environment eliminates potential clashes and ensures complete buildability.
- The manufacturing process brings greater control and simplicity to deliver certainty over costs and build times.
- Panels and pods include factory installed windows and cladding ensuring a watertight envelope in 48 hours.
Components are delivered to the site as needed where they are rapidly assembled into the dry structure ready for fit-out. Fewer defects and comprehensive ‘as-built’ documentation simplify the handover and ongoing maintenance of new homes.
Repeatable and Flexible
Flexihomes by Innovaré has the speed and repeatability of volumetric methods but without the design constraints of building from modules that have to fit on the back of a truck. While designs contain many standardised elements, each can be adapted with a very limited, or no, cost penalty to suit individual site dimensions or the required housing density or use.
Accreditations for panelised components are already in place including BOPAS, LABC, NHBC and Premier Guarantee to speed up the planning process.
Innovaré’s has an unrivalled fifteen-year track record of innovation in offsite manufacturing construction technologies. We also have extensive experience of working with architects, designers and lead contractors on housing projects.