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Smartroof Awarded for Innovation Excellence at Structural Timber Awards

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

 
Smartroof Product Innovation

Smartroof is delighted to have its commitment to innovation recognised by winning the ‘Product Innovation Award’ category for the thermally advanced Prism roof panel system at the Structural Timber Awards.

The awards were held on the 19th October at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham and hosted by Mark Durden Smith. The awards showcase innovation, celebrate best practice and recognise expertise in timber technology and the ways it contributes to an attractive, energy efficient and sustainable built environment.

Smartroof’s R&D team have worked tirelessly to produce a safer, faster and more cost effective method of room in roof construction that guarantees the benefits of site safety, thermal performance and speed of construction, all whilst locking in cost-certainty at a fixed supply and fit price.

Comprised of interlocking, hinged SIP panels, Prism helps create a stronger, quieter, more airtight and energy efficient home. Less air leakage means less drafts, fewer noise penetrations and significantly lower energy bills. Ultimately, Smartroof has simplified the design and build process of room in roof construction for its customers whilst creating a thermally efficient, comfortable living space for the homeowner.

Installed in hours not days, Prism offers a consistent thermal performance as low as 0.09W/m2k which can be computer modelled to facilitate any specific enhancements allowing design freedom from an early stage in the project.

Smartroof’s Managing Director, Peter Nordon commented on the win, “Innovation is a core value of our business, we are constantly developing new construction solutions to shape the housing sector and benefit our customers. We are delighted to have received this prestigious award that reflects our dedication to this.”

Smartroof Wins at Build It Awards 2016

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

We are proud to announce that Smartroof’s Classic Room-in-Roof panel system has picked up the award for ‘Best Cladding/Roofing System or Product’ on Thursday 22nd of September at the glittering 2016 Build It Awards ceremony, which took place at The Hilton, London Bankside.

This innovative roof system is produced offsite and installed in less than a day to deliver major benefits to our customers in terms of site safety, thermal performance, quality assurance and speed of construction. Consequently, the numbers of hours working at height are dramatically reduced, while the risk of falling blockwork, use of power tools in confined spaces, and manual handling of steels is completely eliminated. Like all Smartroof products, the Classic system arrives in a single load, reducing materials handling and vehicle movements on site.

A unique feature of Smartroof’s Classic system is that, it is the only panel system on the market that runs gable to gable. This effectively means the end user has a clear open space within their attic to configure whatever way they wish as they are not constrained by supporting walls.

Peter Nordon, Smartroof’s Managing Director commented, “We are absolutely thrilled to have received this award that recognises roofing excellence. At Smartroof we have listened to our customers and worked hard to develop an innovative system that overcomes the risks associated with traditional roof construction.”

Mansard Made Easy

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

 
Mansard Roof - Smartroof

The Mansard roof is a 17th century architectural design, found on some of the most influential properties in Europe. However, Smartroof’s innovative design team have brought complex room in roof configuration into the 21st century and made it readily available for use in domestic properties.

The mansard design principles allow house builders to maximise the use of the interior space in the attic as well as offering a simple way to add one or more storeys to an existing or new building. In some cases this can be achieved without the use of masonry.

Comprised of Smartroof’s thermally advanced pre-insulated panels and supported using superior strength Ketro and FJI Beams, this revolutionary system further demonstrates the versatility of Smartroof’s product offering and their willingness to create new innovations for their customers.

During a recent installation for a Taylor Wimpey site in Dartford, Smartroof’s highly qualified team installed six Mansard roofs in only 12 hours. Taylor Wimpey’s Production Manager, Roy Taylor, commented: “I was very pleased with the product and service provided by Smartroof and found the process to be really straightforward and well managed from start to finish.”

Smartroof Shortlisted for Build It Award 2016

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof Shortlisted for Build It Award 2016

 
Smartroof is delighted to announce that our revolutionary ‘Room in roof system’ has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Cladding/Roofing System or Product’ category at the 2016 Build lt Awards.
Build It Awards 2016 Logo

Manufactured offsite, the Smartroof system is produced in a factory controlled environment to create a locked-in price and cost certainty for the builder. Moreover, as the roof can be supplied as a single subcontracted item at a fixed price, it compares favourably to the traditional build route which requires multiple materials, trades and hire-services: all with the ability to over run on cost.

Chris Pearce, Smartroof’s General Manager commented, “Smartroof has worked hard to develop a system that overcomes the risks associated with traditional roof construction, as well as addressing the key issues our customers face, so we are naturally delighted to be shortlisted in this particular category.”

The Build It Awards, in association with BuildStore, celebrate all aspects of self-building and renovation; including completed projects, services and suppliers. The awards bring together architects, manufacturers and key industry figures in recognition of innovation and excellence in the custom home sector.

Focus on Offsite: An interview with Smartroof’s Peter Nordon

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Peter Nordon SmartroofPolitical pressures to construct affordable quality housing have prompted moves towards prefabrication. With the UK requiring 250,000 new homes to be built each year to meet demand and just 141,000 built last year, offsite construction offers a clear solution.

We spoke to Peter Nordon, Managing Director at Smartroof, to find out what the Smartroof system can offer to builders.

What is Smartroof?

Smartroof is a panelised roofing system aimed at national and large regional house builders. It’s an ideal solution for volume building and those house builders who use similar house types and build in multiples.

What are the key benefits to the house builder?

The key benefits to the house builder are that we can give them certainty on cost and because we build in a factory we can guarantee the thermal efficiency of the roof. There are also significant health and safety benefits because we reduce the time spent working at heights and overall we radically alter the speed of construction.

“We are typically reducing the build time on the roof, down from 12 days to 1 day”

We can work on supply only or supply and fit as an additional option where we take entire responsibility from delivery of the roof to the actual installation including arranging lifting plans and finally installation.

What challenges are Smartroof solving in the market place?

Labour seems to be a huge challenge – the availability of a qualified tradesman. The construction industry hasn’t yet fully recovered from the recession, there hasn’t been enough apprentices coming through so there’s a major skills shortage. By transferring all the work in-house and offsite we can reduce the builder’s reliance on skilled labour.

How does Smartroof affect the Part L performance?

One of the benefits of our product being produced offsite is that we can guarantee the thermal performance of our product and we can do in-house thermal modelling so we know exactly what our roofs achieve and we know from our customers exactly what they are trying to achieve.

What is different about Smartroof?

The unique thing about Smartroof is that we are the only panel system that runs gable to gable. This effectively means the house builder has a clear open space within the attic to configure whatever way they wish. They are not constrained by any supporting walls.

What’s new in Smartroof?

We are focusing on innovation now to drive the thermal performance of the roof even higher to meet future regulations. Our Prism programme will deliver these enhancements but we don’t intend to launch them until 2018 when we see demand coming on stream for higher performance solutions. However in cases which currently require higher levels of performance we can offer the new Smartroof SIP roof which has been developed as part of the Prism programme.

What type of projects benefit most from a Smartroof?

Projects with large build programmes, and those on a tight deadline will benefit greatly as Smartroof can guarantee a quick turnaround.

What’s next for Smartroof?

Why not a Smart house! We are developing floor cassettes for the second floor level to be installed at the same time as the Smartroof. We are also investigating other factory built structures that we could combine into a comprehensive offsite house solution. We already have a crane and an installer team onsite for the roof installation so additional components could be installed quickly, making it easier again for the builder.

Is there anything else you think house builders need to know about Smartroof?

Come and speak to us, we have significant design capabilities and can look at different roofing solutions, in fact we have orders in for a new mansard Smartroof which is a first for us. Despite being a challenging design we are confident that our system will deliver the same advantages to the builder in a mansard format also.

Smartroof Appoints New Business Development Manager

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof Appoints New Business Development Manager

Steve Clark Smartroof

Smartroof Ltd, a leading panelised roof system manufacturer has taken on a new recruit to support its growing business in the North & Midlands Regions. Steve Clark has joined Smartroof in the role of Business Development Manager and brings with him 14 years’ experience within the construction industry. Within his new role Steve will be responsible for developing new business and achieving sales targets, to constantly improve Smartroof’s market position in line with the sales & group strategy.

Steve joins Smartroof from Ancon Building Products where he was a Technical Services Engineer and, previous to that Steve worked for Laver Timber Systems (Arnold Laver Ltd) where he designed roof trusses and engineered floor components as well as managing major house builder accounts.

Peter Nordon, Managing Director of Smartroof commented: “Steve’s appointment is a strategic development which will enable us to meet the demand of our growing business.”

Smartroof make shortlist for Housebuilder Product Awards

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof make shortlist for Housebuilder Product Awards

 
Product Award finalist blue

Smartroof has been shortlisted for ‘Best Health and Safety Product’ at the 2016 Housebuilder Product Awards.

Traditional room-in-roof construction is vulnerable to major risks caused by numerous factors including the erection of scaffolding and manual handling whilst working in confined spaces and with falling brickwork. In addition to these, there are risks involved in working at height on attic trusses or top-hats and purlins. This also means that the roof can take weeks to erect, insulate and make watertight.

The Smartroof system has been designed and developed as an offsite product to overcome the challenges faced during roof construction. This way of rethinking roof construction delivers proven benefits in terms of thermal performance, consistent quality, speed of construction and most importantly health and safety benefits onsite.

Peter Nordon, Smartroof Managing Director commented, “Site safety is a major priority for Smartroof, so we are thrilled to be shortlisted in this category. We have worked hard to develop a product that overcomes the health and safety risks associated with traditional roof construction and addresses the issues our customers face.”

The Housebuilder Product Awards recognise excellence and have become the most coveted in the industry. Winners will be announced at a gala lunch at Edgbaston Stadium on 29th June and we wish all the finalists the best of luck on the day.

Smartroof Agree Exclusive Redrow Supply Deal

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

Smartroof Agree Exclusive Redrow Supply Deal

 

Smartroof Redrow Homes DealNational housebuilder Redrow Homes has awarded Smartroof a contract to supply roofs for 2.5 storey properties until June 2017. This contract has come into immediate effect with Smartroof supplying roofs for Kenilworth and York house types within the Heritage Collection as well as selected house types in the Abode range.

All Smartroof systems are produced offsite and installed in just hours, to create an internal space completely free from structural supports. Unlike traditional truss roofs or alternative panel systems Smartroof provides total design freedom including full vaulted ceilings and extended floor area in the eaves.

Peter Nordon, Smartroof Managing Director commented, “Redrow Homes builds and sells more than 4,000 homes per year nationwide, so naturally, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to demonstrate the Health & Safety, Thermal Efficiency and Installation benefits of our roofs at trial sites across the UK. By showcasing the advantages of using the Smartroof system and developing a successful working relationship, we are delighted to have secured a partnership with Redrow Homes for the next 15 months.”

Stephen Horridge, Group Commercial Manager at Redrow Homes, also commented “We chose Smartroof because they offer an innovative, thermally efficient system which helps us meet strict building regulations. Smartroof has proven to be a reactive and positive supplier in these early stages of the agreement and they have worked alongside our teams to deliver a hassle free service. We look forward to developing our working relationship with Smartroof.”

Click here to watch the Smartroof team install 5 roofs in one day at a Redrow Homes site in Bangor, North Wales.

A day in the life of a Contracts Manager

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

 
What does a typical workday look like for a construction Contracts Manager at a manufacturing firm? We spoke to Russell Wilson, Contracts Manager at Smartroof, about what his role entails on a daily basis.

What is a Contracts Manager?

A construction Contracts Manager helps to win building contracts. They also help control costs and keep construction projects on track. Upon receipt of a commercial handover of a contract or new order, a Contracts Manager for Smartroof is responsible for the operational programming of both design and production, as well as the onsite installation of the Smartroof to comply with client build programmes. This includes all onsite health and safety and quality assurance to deliver the end product to the satisfaction of the client.

What is a typical day like for you?

Contracts Manager Smartroof

4am: I have a meeting with an architect and builder about a self-build project in Fareham. The one-way journey is 184 miles, travelling on some busy major roads. The journey is 3hrs 20 mins on a good day with no congestion. I always allow for an additional hour on the journey time for traffic, leaving home at 4am to arrive onsite at 8.45am.

9am: An inspection of formation takes place with the client and builder.

10am: I debriefed both the client and the builder on scaffolding requirements, erection sequence, health and safety measures (including the temporary bracing of a free-standing masonry gable wall) and the agreed installation date.

10:30am: Vehicular access arrangements are then organised. As access to the site is restricted, the client is instructed to inform neighbours via letter about the work that will be taking place.

11am: I then have a follow up meeting with Southern Cranes to:

  • Size cranes: As there is restricted access with a small working area, we are recommended a 35 tonne city crane or a 40 tonne at half-rigged.
  • View overhead obstructions: A BT cable in the crane lifting zone is identified. Instructions are made for this to be removed by the builder prior to roof installation.
  • Buried services: The crane is to be positioned offset to the site drive to clear all buried services. Buried services include all the incoming water, electric and gas mains running down the main drive.
  • Ground conditions: All ground is made up with a hard core base that has not been CBR (California Bearing Ratio) plate tested to ensure that the ground can take the weight of the crane without destabilisation. The alternative to CBR testing is to provide large crane EKKI mats to reduce the outrigger loadings, reducing the overall ground bearing pressure.
  • Site access: As access is restricted with low-level branches from an oak tree, the builder is also instructed to cut back branches that are up to 3 metres.

12pm: I perform a daily weather check on XC Weather for the next day’s deliveries. The Smartroof product comprises of large solid panels and spandrels that act as a sail board in high winds, potentially making the installation a high risk activity, especially on windy days.

Deliveries are strictly controlled to fully comply with health and safety measures. The installation will only occur if the average wind speed is 15 mph (9.80 m/sec) or under. Should the wind speed be too high, the installation is postponed until the wind speeds have dropped to a safe working level.

High winds were identified on two of Friday’s deliveries, so these deliveries are rescheduled with the client, factory, haulier and installation teams and the cranes are cancelled and re-booked.

4pm: The road network is not as bad on the return trip, so I arrive home at approximately 4pm.

Smartroof Announces New Manufacturing Facility in Cwmbran

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Lastest News | 0 comments

 
Smartroof is delighted to announce the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Cwmbran, Wales.
 
Smartroof Cwnbran Facility

Since entering the market, Smartroof has revolutionised roof construction in the housing sector with their innovative roof panel system that can be installed in hours, not days.

The Cwmbran facility is Smartroof’s second manufacturing base with the UK headquarters and primary manufacturing facility located in Swadlincote, Midlands. This exciting new venture will allow Smartroof to better service their customer base in the Southern regions of the UK, whilst also creating 20 new jobs in the Torfaen County Borough Council area.

To date Smartroof has invested £150k in a factory fit out and production equipment for their new facility. A further £160k of capital expenditure will be invested throughout 2016 to help the company meet the growing demand for their products.

Peter Nordon, Smartroof Managing Director, commented: “We are very excited to announce this significant investment to expand and advance our manufacturing capabilities in the southern region of the UK. As well as bringing new jobs to the area this facility will help Smartroof to better serve their customers.”

Smartroof plan to grow the business in Cwmbran and create a second production line for their new product: floor cassettes. There will also be Research and Development carried out in Cwmbran to create new innovative products which will further increase sales and the workforce in the area.