‘In the UK, houses are still built outside in all weather conditions, rather slowly and brick by brick.
If you ordered a new car, and Ford sent a container of parts and a team of engineers to assemble it outside on your front drive, you would not be impressed, and would certainly be concerned about the quality they would be able to achieve!
Manufacturing houses in dry warm factories has been common for many generations in countries such as Sweden and Germany.
It enables greater efficiencies of production, and ensures quality can be controlled to the highest standard. Materials are kept dry, and workman use production lines and lifting rigs to assemble walls, fix windows, insulate walls and roofs and fix external cladding.
The wall, floor and roof panels are then delivered to site, and take 2 or 3 days to erect on a prepared foundation base. It then takes few weeks to complete the inside, before the house is ready for occupation.
ArchiHaus is investing in the first Passivhaus house factory to be established in the UK. It will be located in Herefordshire and is due to begin operation in early 2013.
We will be seeking skilled craftsmen and establishing training schemes for local people.