SMS homes and components are factory-manufactured to the highest standard improving build quality and reducing problems caused by on-site issues such as inclement weather.
SMS designs are suitable for all types of domestic and commercial architecture and can use any external treatment or internal finish. Our designs are ideal for the latest simplified foundation and mini-piling techniques, especially when poor ground conditions are encountered
85% of a total build can be completed in the factory busing the SMS system. Panels are delivered in large pre-fabricated sections which are designed for ease of construction. They can also incorporate factory-fitted windows and externals doors. They can therefore be erected extremely quickly, speeding up the overall build process. SMS can reduce build times by one third or more when compared to other construction techniques. If flat packed to site, a three-bedroom bungalow, for example, is wind and weathertight in less than two hours, a 5 person, two-storey detached family home of 104 m2 was wind and weathertight within one day.
Our design is a dry form of construction, there is no drying out period. Early occupancy is therefore more assured, as there are generally far fewer snagging issues in comparison to wet construction methods, in which 1,500 gallons of water must typically be removed from a new home.
Simplified Building and Enhanced Quality
Our panels are so incredibly strong that, where required, windows and external doors (even patio doors) can be factory fitted before the panels are transported to site. Our system requires no ‘tacked-on’ awkward extra layers of insulation – all insulation is integrated within the building panel at the factory. Altogether, this means that there is less on-site material handling, storage and waste. Theft and security issues are therefore reduced.
Because they are designed to be easy to erect, our panels only require a small installation team. What’s more, the panels’ exceptional performance makes it much easier to achieve elevated levels of air tightness and thermal efficiency.
Indeed, prefabricated timber frame technology of the type we use, is acknowledged by the Egan Report “Rethinking Construction” as one effective way of minimising on-site labour, time and costs, reducing waste and defects and optimizing quality. SMS delivers all these benefits and more.