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Off-site Construction Methods – what is their contribution to addressing the climate crisis?

December 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Off-site manufacture and modern methods of construction (MMC) can considerably reduce the overall impact of construction on the environment with efficient use of materials, less waste and more robust detailing achieved in factory-controlled conditions.

However, there are many methods of off-site manufacture and MMC so for this new half-day event The Green Register is pleased to present three speakers, each with their own approaches to this type of construction:

Jasper Mead, Director of PYC group, will explain how PYC’s fabric first approach means concentrating on the energy performance of the building envelope by using high performing materials throughout the construction process. PYC specialises in passivhaus and low energy construction by manufacturing bespoke timber frames, panelised and pre-insulated at their House Building Factory in Mid Wales. In addition, Jasper will expand on the 6 main points for off-site manufacture and how this approach is better for the environment.

Speaker Jackson Moulding, Director of SNUG Homes, will then talk about their approach to creating carbon positive homes that benefit people and the planet. SNUG homes are small-but-perfectly-formed prefabricated, adaptable and flexible modular properties, made with quality natural materials and are highly energy efficient. SNUG Homes want to change the way houses are built and perform, so that they are healthier and have a lighter footprint on the earth.

Finally we’ll be joined by speaker Ian Hutchcroft from Energiesprong UK, who will explain how their unique approach to high performance retrofit is both effective and affordable. Energiesprong – originating in the Netherlands – is a process of fitting prefabricated shells of highly insulated panels to the floor/walls/roof of an existing building to increase its thermal efficiency. In the UK there are 15 built Energiesprong projects and 225 projects in the pipeline. The Energiesprong approach results in homes that are brought up to a minimum net-zero energy standard, creating warmer, more desirable places to live.

Each speaker will present their unique approach to off-site manufacture, why they have chosen this type of application and what they see as the major benefits and drawbacks, then invite Q&A from attendees.

We’ll close the session with a panel Q&A session, sure to include some lively debate!


December 9, 2021
9:00 am - 12:30 pm