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BRE pilots Nühaus prefab system

22 Jul 13 Swiss housing firm Nühaus has signed an agreement with BRE to bring its energy-efficient factory-built house to the BRE Innovation Park.

Nühaus uses a lot of offsite construction for its houses
Nühaus uses a lot of offsite construction for its houses

Two semi-detached houses will be built on the Park using the Nühaus’ best value methodology, which aims to deliver affordable housing with low environmental impact. The homes will be designed to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The housing system features bespoke structural insulated panels that can achieve air tightness values of 3 m3/hr/m2@50Pa. The rigid modular solution arrives on site painted, decorated, plumbed, wired and with kitchen, bathroom, windows and doors already installed and fitted.  A two-storey, three-bedroom house can be erected on site in one day.

 “There are currently 4.5 million people on housing waiting lists in the UK. Affordable sustainable housing solutions like Nühaus, have great potential in the marketplace,” said BRE global development director Nick Smith. “We are pleased to host the housing system on the park where housing providers, developers and other visitors can experience it firsthand.”

Nühaus managing director Stephen McCready said: “The Nühaus system provides affordable homes delivering affordable warmth, no oil, no gas. We build our super-energy-efficient houses in a factory, so you don’t have to build them in the rain anymore, all our houses are Code Level 4 as standard, and can be upgraded to 5 or 6 if required’.

Other sustainability features of the development will include:

  • air source heat pump
  • mechanical heat-recovery ventilation (MHRV)
  • C02 emissions: 15.21-12.03kg  CO2/m2
  • Sustainably sourced materials
  • 100% recycling of wastage during construction.

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