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System build and prefabrication:

We live in an age of mass production, and yet the construction industry has never really embraced the possibilities that factory assembly can bring. In part this is because of the poor construction associated with post WW2 prefabricated housing, but in fact there are some really exciting and innovative products to be found.


  • Beco Wallform -an innovative system comprising interlocking polystyrene blocks that become permanent shuttering for a concrete infill.
  • BuilditGreen -specialists in the supply and construction of pre-engineered building systems, using the super energy efficient Structural Insulated Panels technology known as SIPs.
  • Ecohab -prefabricated dome shaped eco homes by Aidan Quinn.
  • European Suites -Italian designers and manufacturers of pre plumbed fully fitted bathroom pods.
  • Form and Space -design and build bespoke contemporary buildings using use a German off-site manufactured panel system.
  • Mikano -
  • Murray Grove -factsheet from the Peabody trust on their innovative modular housing in Hackney.
  • Offsite 2007 -event in June 07 centred around four near zero-carbon houses, including the first home to achieve a Level 6 rating under the new Code for Sustainable Homes -photos continue to be added and you can still visit the projects.
  • Passive House -suppliers of sustainable modular construction systems and insulation systems including high performance vacuum insulation panels.
  • Speedwall -site produced wall, floor and roof panels which can be quickly located and fixed in position before being sprayed with a concrete sand/cement render.
  • Styrostone -eco friendly prefabricated polystyrene insulating formwork sections which provide concrete shuttering.
  • The Summit House -datasheet and information on English steel frame system built Summit House.

Timber Frame:

  • DaVinci House -Irish distributers for German timber system houses.
  • Davinci House Pictures -a huge album of high quality images.
  • Harding Homes -dealer for Lindal Cedar Homes in England, Ireland and Wales -conventional timber framed building system providing a multiple of design choices and cost efficiencies.
  • Huf Haus -prefabricated post and beam timber frame houses from Germany. David and Greta Iredale's Huf Haus in Surrey was one of the most popular houses featured on Grand Designs.
  • Huf Haus Owners Group -online meeting place for owners of Huf houses, and anyone interested in living in a Huf house -there are a number of useful articles and you can contact owners and find Huf property for sale.
  • Keywood Homes -self build information and advice.
  • Potton -one of the UK's longest established timber frame manufacturers and market leaders in self build packaged housing.
  • Scandia Hus -self build low energy timber frame from Sweden.
  • Scotframe -timber frame engineering kits from Scotland.
  • SIP Home -timber framed houses using a Structural Insulated Panels system.
  • Walter Segal Self Build Trust -UK charity advising on self build, ecological design, community initiatives & training.
more on Timber Frame Houses.

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