The latest safety standards in home construction
A well-built home is a safe home and homebuilders all across the country are making sure they're manufacturing homes that can stand up to all kinds of weather.
From improved building products to stronger structural designs, residential homes are getting better every day.
Here are just a few ways manufacturers are making homes stronger and virtually weatherproof:
Modular Home Renaissance
Although onsite construction is still the main building technique for residential homes, the modular renaissance is quickly taking over.
Modular homes, also known as prefabricated homes, are built in sections, or modules, offsite and delivered to the building location where they are assembled.
This type of construction creates a home that's stronger and built to exact specifications regardless of the conditions of the construction site.
Homebuilders are adopting the modular method because it allows for more quality control, which results in a safer structure for homebuyers.
Lighter Composite Building Materials
Heavier doesn't always translate to stronger, especially when it comes to the building materials used in a home. Manufacturers are beginning to replace heavy construction lumber like pine with composite woods that are lighter, stronger, and more rigid.
In addition to strength, composite woods are more weather and termite resistant.
This lengthens the life of a home and makes it safer by eliminating the fear of wood-crippling termite infestations.
Rain, Rain Go Away
One of the biggest threats to any home is moisture.
Rain and snow that makes contact with a home’s siding and eaves slowly damages the wood and weakens the home's outer structure. This can lead to internal water damage in the framing and foundation over time.
Fortunately, homebuilders are using gutter guard systems to redirect wet weather away from homes. Gutter guards use helmet systems that collect shedding water without collecting gutter-clogging leaves and debris.
As the following article asks, “Gutters and gutter guards: how much can you save?” well, not only will homeowners and renters save on yearly maintenance costs, but water damage repair costs too.
Wind is another threat to residential structures, which is why manufacturers are adding a number of wind-resistant safety features to new homes.
Whether one lives in a hurricane zone or not; important to have wind resistant features in the home in the event of a hurricane, tornado or other high-wind events.
From galvanized hurricane clips for one’s roof trusses to all-thread rods that tie a roof to the foundation, wind-ready homes are much safer than standard residential structures.
Many wind-resistant features are now mandatory depending on where one lives, but homeowners and renters can also have these features added on at any time - even if the home isn't new construction.
A home's first line of defense from the elements is its roof, which is why homebuilders are putting so much effort into building solid roofs.
Roofing materials have come a long way since tin and now include 30-year fiberglass architectural shingles and 50-year weatherproof aluminum shingles.
From stronger building materials to roofs with longer life spans, the manufacturing improvements above make homes a safer, more durable place to live.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including home improvement and construction.
Hill Partnerships, Wheat Quarter revive Welwyn Garden City
Wheat Quarter and Hill Partnerships have entered into a construction agreement for the delivery of the former Shredded Wheat Factory buildings and public realm at the exciting Welwyn Garden City regeneration scheme.
The multi-million pound deal will bring about the sensitive refurbishment of Wheat Quarter’s Listed Production Hall, Listed Silos and Art Centre. Hill will also deliver the new Louis de Soissons Building and Bridge Community Building as part of a comprehensive single package deal. Welwyn Garden City is a town in Hertfordshire, approximately 20 miles from London.
Wheat Quarter Project Director, John West, said “We are delighted to have signed the construction agreement with Hill, who bring their quality, proven track record and delivery strength on board. Having created the platform for Metropolitan to be on site today delivering affordable housing on the south site, we hope to receive planning approval for our improved scheme on the north site in the coming months and start work later this year for the final phase of this landmark site.
“We have all endured a tough three years through Brexit and Covid. However after a lot of hard work, we are excited to be back to deliver this exceptional scheme with Hill as our delivery partners, who will use their skills and expertise in town centre regeneration to make the former Shredded Wheat Factory Buildings shine once again”.
Andy Hill, Chief Executive at Hill, said it was looking forward to working with Wheat Quarter to carefully restore and refurbish the iconic listed Production Hall, Silos and Art Centre and will use its "exceptional skills" in regeneration to ensure these landmark historic buildings and the new Louis de Soissons and Bridge Community Buildings, deliver excellent amenities for the benefit of the community, helping to revitalise and breathe new life into the centre of Welwyn Garden City.
Walter Cooper & Co assisted with the acquisition and disposal of land at Wheat Quarter to a range of developers. Working in conjunction with JLL, Walter Cooper has packaged the deal with Hill, which will see them build 150,000 sq ft of commercial buildings, creating hundreds of new job opportunities in the town. The Hertfordshire Mercury reports that the site could house 1,200 flats.
Towns and cities are working hard to reposition themselves in response to the pandemic and growth in online shopping.
Wigan Council has announced that Galleries25 – a joint venture partnership between Cityheart and Beijing Construction Engineering Group International – has been appointed as the Strategic Development Partner for the £130 million redevelopment of the Galleries Shopping Centre in Wigan.
Plans for the transformation of City Square in Leeds are set to take a significant step forward with the appointment of Leeds-based Re-form Landscape Architecture which will collaborate with Leeds City Council and other stakeholders on the scheme. The company’s concept for the new-look City Square is due to be fine-tuned over the course of the next year.
Startup Digital Urban is incorporating 3D digital modelling capabilities and satellite technology. It is the latest company to join the ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, and aims to take advantage of the support available in space and satellite technologies to further its commercial development.
Turn to page 70 of our June issue to read more on urban regeneration projects.