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Smartwarm could be the key that unlocks the housing crisis. Here’s why.

Those age old expressions, “I’ve only got one pair of hands” and “time is money” aren’t more true than in the construction industry. But, when it comes to building homes quickly to meet targets, is it possible you can safely speed up construction without compromising on quality? Maybe – if you make the heating system your first port of call.

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All the time you’re working on a project, you cannot work on another. You also can’t go and price up jobs without sacrificing time on a project, so it’s easy to see how time-keeping can become a bit of a vicious circle.

We all know about the housing shortage in the UK and the pressure the government is under to deliver its housing targets. In fact, these have just been revised upwards to help deal with some of the backlog caused by Covid-19.

New estimates reckon we need 345,000 more homes in England alone (source: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-7671/). Comparing that to 2019/20, when the total housing stock in England increased by around 244,000 homes (source as before), it’s easy to see how the expectation of “fast building” isn’t the reality.

Going with pre-built systems – like timber frame builds – have come a long way in recent years that help get the solid structure of a house up quickly without compromising on quality. But, as well as saving time and labour on the physical building, did you know that the heating systems can come “pre-built” too?

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On average, boiler installation alone can take up to three days to complete. In addition to that, you will need to factor in extra time to replace pipework, plus, you will also need to set aside time for a survey appointment, which takes place prior to boiler installation (source: https://www.homeserve.com/uk/living/heating-and-cooling/how-long-does-it-take-to-fit-a-new-boiler/).

For a new build house, it’s easy to see how a heating system could take weeks or even months to complete, but even if you’re going for a retrofit, you will still need to make sure works are completed to an industry standard, make sure you have the right boiler installed etc.

The great thing about Smart Warm systems is that they can be fit over the top of existing screeding on walls and floors – even staircases – so no need to dig up floors or knock down walls.

More Speed, Less Haste

When it comes to building property, the “first fix” stage and plumbing stage are the longest – and most expensive. However, a Smart Warm system is installed in super quick time.

With a first fix, some of the necessary plumbing is installed with the early stages of the build – typically this is things like soil piping or drains. There may be other pipes too which go into walls, such as stud partitioning, which are then plastered over.

Then there is the second fix stage, for the rest of the plumbing that can be installed after a majority of the build is finished or even after it is completed. This is for things like radiators, hot taps etc.

All in all, this can take around 5 days, depending on the size of the property – and whether or not you encounter any problems along the way.

Again, the answer lies in Smart Warm. The system is super speedy to install and an area of 150m2 (that’s about 10 times the size of an average parking space) can be done in a day. To give you some idea of that size in relation to a property, the average size of a 3-bed house in the UK, according to Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is 88m2 (source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14916580) – so you can see in terms of timing, a Smart Warm system is much quicker than a traditional heating system. Plus, there’s no need for storage areas on site, just connect up and you’re ready to go.

Plus, The Cost Could Be Much More

Not only is there the convenience factor to consider, but costs too. To install a central heating system into an average sized three bed property in the UK, you’re looking at a cost of between £3,000 – £4,000 for tradespeople and materials.

Also, with a traditional heating system, only a gas engineer can install a boiler, so you might find you need a different tradesperson for plumbing and heating. With Smart Warm, the entire installation can be done by one person.

A Smart Warm system significantly reduces costs because there are fewer days and fewer people required to build and install the system, resulting in smaller labour charges. This doesn’t just apply to domestic builds, but commercial properties too.

Think Of The Planet

f that wasn’t enough, Smart Warm is also much better for the environment – another thing that housebuilders and developers are under increasing pressure to consider when building new homes.

The UK has already outlined plans to work towards the production of electricity from renewable sources. The aim is that by 2050, 80% of UK energy production will be generated in this way, with the idea that by doing so, the country will become energy dependent.

That’s why Smart Warm is the ideal solution. The system can be connected directly to renewable resources and is therefore completely independent of the National Grid. Not only can it help the Government and other climate organisations meet those targets for the environment, it is cheaper and faster to install. What’s not to like?

So, how can Smart Warm help beat the housing crisis? Simple:

● It can be built in less time than a traditional heating system
● There is less waste and no need for storage areas, allowing other areas of the build to continue
● Can be added to existing screeding for redeveloped properties
● PLUS it’s cheaper AND much better for the environment.

Simple!

Why not start your Smart Warm journey today? Get a quote or contact us to find out more information, or get an estimate.

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