A revolution in home ownership needs a revolutionary home
Alan Wallace, the founder of AppleGreen Kit Homes, puts the case for a new range of affordable, energy efficient kit homes.
Report from – Tom Harvey
People in the UK on ordinary incomes need to be able to buy or rent high quality homes – homes that they can afford today and in the future, and homes they can feel proud of and that give every family a sense of worth. But there is currently a severe lack of affordable homes, and an estimated 14% of UK households are experiencing fuel poverty.
To help meet the urgent need for affordable, energy efficient homes, we have launched a brand-new range of AppleGreen Kit Homes. This above ground, whole-home kit is designed for assembly by local contractors, and for use by both private and social housing sectors. Our fabric first approach of highly insulated timber frame panels and triple glazed windows, along with solar and heat recovery, delivers an energy-efficient home surpassing the SAP Calc by almost 28%, at an affordable price with strong sustainability credentials.
The AppleGreen approach to sustainability is exemplified by our production facility, which we believe is the only one in the UK where timber from local or other UK forests is processed, cut, kiln dried, treated, tested and then used to manufacture timber frames panels, all on the same site.
Using a bundle approach
As consumers we have become accustomed to service providers – e.g. technology, media, automotive – delivering their goods in bundles, because they recognise that this brings efficiencies, is convenient and saves the customer money. This is the principle that AppleGreen Kit Homes is applying to affordable, energy-efficient, volume-build housing. Why has this thinking not been applied to housing before?
We have been working for many years with leading universities, architects and BRE, and with backing from a number of major suppliers, to plan, test, create and implement the best possible bundle of every product needed to build a home – from roof tiles to taps, and washing machines to brickwork. Working in partnership with local contractors, we will build homes for the future with reduced use of suppliers and procurement, and savings in time and costs.
An opportunity to change the model
With many councils looking for alternative income to mitigate central government funding cuts, using land for development opportunities is a potential income source. Along with utility companies and other land owners, councils are establishing arms-lengths development companies to build homes for rental or sale. This is an opportunity break with the past and use a new way of building homes that is fit for the future. We aim to help replace the current model of a high cost, low output housing sector with a low cost, high output one.
For more information on AppleGreen Kit Homes please go to www.applegreenkithomes.com