Because of its exceptional thermal performance, air-tightness and sustainability, SMS designs make it easy and cost effective for developers to hit energy efficiency, air permeability and other environmental targets – and so achieve or exceed current and future building regulations. This provides a cost-effective way to deliver a load-bearing structural envelope with thermal insulation U-values in the range 0.09 W/m2K to 0.23 W/m2K. This process offers a straightforward ‘fit and forget’ solution that can help developers achieve whatever environmental specifications are required – for example, ‘A’ rated Energy Performance Certificates, PassivHaus or the highest levels of energy saving and carbon neutrality.
Better design provides such exceptional thermal performance, allowing the construction of thinner walls, floors and roofs. SMS Better design can therefore help maximise the amount of living space on a plot and the number of dwellings in a development – and so help improve a developer’s profitability. For example, when this design is used, an extra two houses can potentially be fitted on to a 50-house development. This is in comparison to traditional construction techniques which require thicker walls to achieve the same level of thermal efficiency.
SMS deliver environmentally-friendly homes that take only a few kW’s to heat – removing the need for expensive, high-maintenance heating systems. This ‘fabric-first’ approach can provide significant capital savings and helps developers to achieve A-rated energy performance cost-effectively.
SMS designs can be adapted to any architectural style. This offers developers full flexibility to use their standard house types or specialise in one-off bespoke designs as required. Our render designs offer a blank canvas to a developer and can be incorporated in a wide range of finishes to satisfy local planning, including buildings with listed facades.
Build Speed, Ease and Quality
SMS enhance the benefits of modern methods of construction and the advantages of the latest technologies available. Following a proven build approach construction times are reduced dramatically – by one third or more when compared to other construction techniques. Because it is factory-manufactured to the highest standard it also helps improve quality and reduces problems caused by on-site issues such as inclement weather.