The aim of the project was to set the benchmark for affordable smart homes. The project has shown that the adoption of mass manufacturing techniques on a modular design can reduce material wastage, limit transportation costs and a lower reliance on labour. Across a development of 500 1,200sqft homes, MyGlobalHome can deliver cost savings of over 30% in comparison to a traditional build, making smart homes more affordable and helping to support the UK Governments goal of 300,000 new homes a year.
MyGlobalHome uses technology and software solutions that can halve the lifetime carbon emissions of a home, compared to traditional construction methods. And through the Innovation Centre, additional life cycle embodied carbon benefits have been identified, including: less carbon emissions from transporting parts to sites and removing waste; manufacturing in a central location enables the embodied carbon of the entire process to be controlled by MyGlobalHome leveraging local renewable energy and regional sustainable energy suppliers. A manufacturing approach allows MyGlobalHome to have holistic control over supply chains empowering them to choose to partner with suppliers with low embodied carbon from materials extraction right through to shipping.
MyGlobalHome’s approach bypasses the current delay-ridden fragmented approach of complex interdependent trades and the project has seen the productivity of a team of on-site assembly technicians improve by up to 30%. By designing the homes with future adaptations in mind, the productivity savings also carry on through the lifetime of the building making it easier to maintain and upgrade through a centralised facilities management.
MyGlobalHome’s use of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) aims to deliver a 75% reduction in on-site time compared to traditional housing construction methods. This is achieved by the use of factory-based mass production techniques in MyGlobalHome, including the use of repeatable modular high tolerance components and sub-assemblies, self-jigging structural assembly joints and plug & play assemblies. This will be a key metric for phase 2 when the prototype is lived in.
The prototype developed by MyGlobalHome has demonstrated that whole life performance can sit at the heart of mass-market housing. The smart homes use sustainable materials and demonstrate improved energy efficiency, generation and optimisation. The modular, offsite-manufactured design simplifies the build, supports the repurposing of internal space, and reduces inefficiency and waste often generated by home modifications. The project has demonstrated that a home that can adapt to the residents' needs as they evolve over a lifetime.