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DESIGN DfMA Adopting our standardised module(s) ensures designs and layouts conform to our accurate and precise manufacturing processes for all of the building components prior to the actual build, meaning all decisions are made in advance for electrical, plumbing, lighting and services. Materials and finishes are also determined in the design stage, along with solar panels, storage batteries and water heating systems. Sustainable materials are selected from a wide range of options which may differ in regions where supply constraints exist. Accessible and liveable options are considered during the planning to recognize the needs of all occupants, integrating spaces and features that ensure homes are ‘future proof’ for current or later occupants.
“Imagine living in a home that is naturally cool in summer, yet still warm in winter, without air-conditioning or central heating, effectively reducing your energy consumption by 85%!”
Design example (below) shows a one-bedroom ‘accessory unit’ that can be configured to meet particular council planning controls. - Exterior wall layouts use a 1000mm grid (with 500mm half-grid) measured at the face of the gypsum plaster lining. - Interior walls are 100mm overall thickness and are centred on 250mm, 500mm, 750mm and 1000mm grid lines as standard. Custom solutions are possible - contact us for details.
The ‘high-performance building envelope’ consists of: - Exterior walls: concrete/cement/stucco or overlay with sheathing material. - Roof: gable, hip or skillion style overlaid with tiles, shingles or metal. - Window & door openings are placed between the vertical columns (spaced at 500mm centres) with horizontal spans subject only to structural engineering design.
Multi-level buildings use the same system with vertical columns and horizontal beams aligned through all floors and roof, creating a storm proof and fire-safe structure. This example (below) shows a 3 storey ‘vacation’ home stepping down from street level, with provision for a lift/elevator to meet future accessibility needs.