OVER THE LAST 13 YEARS FUSION HAS DELIVERED MORE Light Gauge Steel RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES THAN ANY OTHER PRODUCERS IN EUROPE, WITH A TOTAL NOW OF OVER 5000 HOMES COMPLETED
In 2008, BRE published the Smartlife Report (download here), which compared various methods of housing construction, including traditional masonry, timber frame, insulated concrete formwork and Fusion. This involved Fusion building 35 houses in Cambridgeshire. All costs and time were closely monitored by BRE across 4 sites and Fusion, somewhat against expectations, came out as the most efficient and cost-effective solution.
Speed of Build
Fusion has a track record of delivering multiple housing projects at up to 10 units /week on a single site. As the new business models of housing provision emerge where the speed of build is critical i.e. provision of rental housing, Fusion is an ideal and proven solution.
APARTMENTS/FLATS (TO 10 STOREYS) AT UP TO 1000M2 OF GROSS FLOOR AREA PER WEEK (20 NO. 1 BED APARTMENTS/WEEK) PER SITE
- LOW RISE (2 / 3 STOREY) HOUSING AT UP TO 10 HOUSES/WEEK PER SITE.
Envelope Efficiency – FABRIC FIRST
Fusion’s patented pre-insulated external wall system is an excellent basis for creating highly thermally efficient building envelopes – at affordable cost. In addition to low U-values, Fusion offers excellent Psi/Y values, as well as high levels of air tightness and acoustic performance. If you believe in ‘Fabric First’ – put Fusion first!
The cost of a Fusion superstructure, for a 3 bed semi, including Thermashield pre-insulated external walls, party and internal load-bearing walls, floors and roof structure, is under £10,000 – less than 5% of the selling price of an average UK semi-detached property.
Catalyst for Step Change
Fusion’s superstructure arguably costs more than a traditionally constructed shell, on a purely elemental comparison. However, the decision to use Fusion will impact on all remaining build costs, time, resources and processes – particularly when thermal efficiency and speed of build are important. Fusion is, therefore, able to act as a catalyst to create step change in build programme and overall costs. With Fusion, the same pot of money will build more houses – better.
Fusion’s engineered light gauge steel solution does not suffer from shrinkage or unpredictable differential movement, which affects other forms of construction. This substantially reduces costly remedial works which, in turn, importantly, helps to increase main contractor reputations and the prospect of repeat business.