Building offsite within a controlled factory environment minimises risk, assured quality control and enhanced build performance standards. From increased energy efficiency to reduced build time, factory-built modular homes can be designed with both occupants and the environment in mind, making modular housing solutions increasingly popular.
The golden thread of information stored within the app will simplify auditing processes, including robust and traceable competency based sign-off processes at key stages of delivery. And like other kit of part approaches, the common steel framework approach provides reassurance to clients and investors.
Totally Modular is an ISO 9001 certified company and will be extending its accreditation to the spoke factories to deliver the requirements needed by MMC warranty providers, such as Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS) and Checkmate.
The company has also secured a plethora of accreditations which shows its dedication to assurance, providing a healthier & safer workplace, where its processes are streamlined, maximising productivity and minimising risk.
Actual annual running costs for one of these 3-bedroom houses – with 5 occupants – is around £540 or £1.48 a day.
As part of STELLAR, a sector-based work academy programme and trailblazer apprenticeship scheme is being developed. The training programme offers a diverse set of skills and is actively aimed at diversifying the workforce, encouraging people from all regions, backgrounds, gender and ethnicity.
The average household causes around 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year yet the houses at the Littlethorpe Development will generate roughly 0.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
The combination of lighter-weight materials, digital planning and production technologies will enable the homes to attain new levels of quality and energy efficiency. Less than 1% of new builds in the UK achieve an EPC A rating but as a result of the high performing fabric specification, these housing designs offer an A rating as standard.
The common steel framework approach has been designed to optimise the use of steel with minimal waste, and any waste steel will be repurposed to manufacture sheds or pods.
In the future the digital passport app will be able to track and report embodied carbon within the materials used in each house as well as monitor emissions from energy usage within the home through the sensor network. There will also be a front end to the app that will allow occupiers to view their own energy data and offer advice on positive behaviour change to reduce energy consumption.
STELLAR improves housing delivery from beginning to end. Using the common steel framework approach, houses are delivered at a much quicker rate and more accurately. Familiarity with product details and standardised components will improve productivity of engineers, reducing errors and reassessments. Standardised connection details and sections will also allow engineers to design more efficiently than in traditional construction projects. Digitalisation of the housing delivery process and providing one single data source through the digital passport will also deliver massive efficiency savings for asset managers and on-site maintenance engineers.
The hub and spoke model provides job opportunities in a fixed location and with flexible working schedules that may be more appealing to a wider audience who are put off by traditional construction site work.
To support new skills in MMC for small business, the STELLAR consortium is also attracting new talent through a Sector Based Work Academy Scheme. The seven-week placement is in green manufacturing roles, with further education and on the job training - ending with job interviews for apprenticeship roles after the placement.
The requirement for competency-based sign-off ensures that only qualified people are used for a task. The repeatability of tasks using the common steel framework approach means that operatives can get to a high level of skill quickly and tools and equipment can be optimised for moving components on and offsite, reducing safety risks and the potential for accidents. In addition, onsite health and safety information such as method statements will all be digitally accessible on the digital passport and reducing potential risks to on site contractors by keeping everyone up to date with the latest information, creating a safer environment.