Welcome to the CoreHaus blog. This is where we’ll be bringing you news from the affordable housing sector and updates on our progress.
How CoreHaus was formed
Specialist procurement consortium, Fusion21 and specialist regeneration company, Carlton & Co, have joined together to create a collaborative venture which promises to deliver the future of low carbon homes within the affordable housing sector.
This innovative social housing solution was formed as a direct result of a detailed research project which stemmed from the core operations of Fusion21.
Why the affordable housing sector needs CoreHaus
There are a number of problems which currently exist in the affordable housing market, each as challenging as the next. For example, reduced accessibility of grants and rising bill costs are making it increasingly difficult for social housing providers to deliver in the UK. Also, demand is far outweighing delivery when it comes to new builds in this sector and waiting lists are growing at a significant rate.
The housing shortage affects housing of all types, not just the social housing sector. In fact, Grainia Long, CEO of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said, “In England, we need to build 250,000 a year just to keep pace with our population. We’re achieving less than half that, with just 112,630 homes built in the year to March 2014.”
However, a blanket-fix shouldn’t be attempted for this problem; rather solutions are needed which match specific markets and work to solve problems at their core. This year, around 35,000 new, affordable homes will be built in the UK.
However, demand in this market is nearer 55,000. A unit shortfall per annum of 20,000 is a major problem and one which requires a transformational approach.
The core objectives of CoreHaus
- Faster build
Using modern methods of construction, our manufacturing principles are based on a standardised ‘modular’ core which houses a pre-finished WC, bathroom, staircase and heating system. As a result, 80% of commonly-problematic construction processes are taken care of offsite and there is an up to 50% reduction in the onsite construction programme.
- Flexibility as standard
Our standardised modular core has been designed to allow CoreHaus to be configured to provide 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom solutions. A specially-chosen selection of panelised external walling systems ensure that the houses can be used in both urban and rural locations, with elevation treatments tailored to suit each setting.
- Cost saving
Standardisation sits at the core of our cost-reduction strategy, but not at the expense of functionality or good design. Committed to delivering value for money, we work closely with local supply chains to introduce competition and provide national coverage. A standard design and faster build programme will help us achieve savings on site prelims and professional fees.
- Sustainable development
Everything we do is underpinned by sustainability, from the flexibility of the design, to innovative materials and our commitment to delivering social and economic value. To us, good design and functionality goes beyond making our homes look great and perform well. We create homes that can evolve with the needs of their inhabitants and are flexible to changes in requirements.
What we’re up to
This week, Fusion21 and Carlton and Co can be found at Stand C48 at the Chartered Institute of Housing 2015 Conference and Exhibition in Manchester. If you’re here and have any questions, please drop by the stand to say hello and learn more about CoreHaus.