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BRE unveil low cost, sustainable and quick to build volume housing solution

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September 11 2015

BRE unveil low cost, sustainable and quick to build volume housing solution
Two new factory-finished homes demonstrating energy efficiency have been unveiled at the BRE Innovation Park, Watford, with the promise of halving the construction schedule of a traditional build.

Brought to market by Userhuus AG and Tigh Grian the homes are built to the Scottish Building regulation Gold Standard with one sporting a fully building-integrated photovoltaic ‘terracotta’ roof.

The volumetric unit is configurable from one to five bedrooms using a structural insulated panel system that can be stacked up to five storeys in detached, terraced, tenement, semi-detached and four-in-a-block form.

Each of these units is delivered fully fitted out direct from the factory allowing homes to be completed in as little as eight weeks for a cost estimated at less than £1,000 per square metre.

Gordon Campbell, director, Tigh Grian Ltd., commented ‘While there is a clear challenge in the UK in relation to housing supply, it is also clear we have issues relating to the type of housing we provide, and how we go about it. Tigh Grian has brought all of these dynamics together with a design that can be adapted across all tenure types.”

The concept design has already been commissioned for a 50 home development in Alva with a construction start expected later this year.

5 Comments

bear post please
#1 Posted by bear post please on 11 Sep 2015 at 12:43 PM
Ill take the house on the left thanks. You can have whatever that thing is.
That Guy
#2 Posted by That Guy on 11 Sep 2015 at 17:11 PM
Love how it just fits right into it's context.
David
#3 Posted by David on 14 Sep 2015 at 14:44 PM
There is no context That Guy. It's the BRE facility where they build test houses.

But yes, the one on the left looks neat.
Georgie
#4 Posted by Georgie on 14 Sep 2015 at 22:47 PM
Just a mish-mash of absolute architectural tosh.

What's the point.
Fitz Hat
#5 Posted by Fitz Hat on 15 Sep 2015 at 09:51 AM
Maybe they're testing different cladding systems?

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