The future of UK construction: Part 5 – Flexibility in Building Design
Welcome to part 5 of an 8 part series, looking in to ‘Why Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are vital to the future of UK construction’.
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Part 5 – Flexibility in Building Design
Those unfamiliar with new building technologies tend to confuse SIPs buildings with prefabricated or modular constructions. Modular buildings are mass-produced leaving little opportunity for flexibility in design unlike SIPs buildings whose design possibilities are almost endless.
Complicated shapes can be produced economically using SIPs. Each building can be uniquely designed and custom-built to architect or designer-provided specifications.
The unique design flexibility of SIPs enables town-planners, along with their architects to create buildings to fit in with, or compliment local styles, traditions and trends.
CAD drafting systems help to detail the SIP fabrication process, allowing precise cutting instructions to be sent to the SIP manufacturers or engineers for foam, relief and spline set up. With the help of technological design systems the architect can ensure optimisation of materials in all areas of the building.
A key advantage of using SIPs in design is that there is no requirement for trusses in finished roof spaces. A SIPs building provides spacious room-in-roof attic rooms which increases total floor space by up to 25% in any project. Clearly, added floor space is desirable and adds to the value of the property.
Planning a project with us in mind, before entering into the design phase can lead to improved efficiencies during the process and eliminate unnecessary changes during later stages.
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