Flat pack furniture has been around for decades now and if you look around any suburban home in the UK you’ll see it. However, have you ever thought about the prospect of a flat pack house – yes, that’s a whole house made from flat pack materials?
The flat pack home may seem like some sort of niche area for quirky architect types – it’s not. In fact, it’s becoming increasingly common in the UK with a number of UK companies producing the items.
Flat pack homes make a lot of sense and in no area other than environmental. There are substantial benefits of erecting a flat pack home in replacement to you traditional semi-detached.
According to statistics from builders of these homes, around one third of all the injury that’s eaten up by UK industry is caused by the transportation of building items and materials. In terms of the nation’s consumption, this is around a tenth – a lot. However, if you purchase a flat pack home it arrives in one piece and so there is no need for significant transportation and this reduces costs, carbon emissions and everything else that goes with such factors.
Of course, it’s not just the building of a home that causes it to use fossil fuels and energy – its performance through the years also will. Flat pack homes are significantly greener than the alternative traditional home, providing notable energy saving.
Flat pack homes are also built from far more carefully sourced materials than the traditional house. Many of them for instance natural materials over man made ones and others use no O-Zone depleting substances in their construction – a very beneficial factor in the long term.
The construction is also notably greener, as the homes snap together easily and are generally light weight there is not nearly the need for heavy construction machinery that there would be with a traditional house. This means less energy used during construction.
Materials are Important
The materials involved in flat pack homes are also a lot better at energy saving than traditional materials. The home’s designers utilise the best materials they can for insulation and energy saving, which cuts energy usage in the long term and also bills.
Of course, the most notable benefit of flat pack housing in environmental terms is its deconstruction. As each and every piece of the home can be taken down in the reverse manner it was put up there is no real need for destruction of any part of the home. This means that the house can then be recycled in full and doesn’t leave any footprint.
In addition, because these homes are often positioned on stilts or stands and don’t have a concrete foundation, it doesn’t leave any mark on the land and when taken down leaves the area in its initial state. This is obviously another significant benefit and showcases the environmental friendly aspect of these homes.
Flat pack homes provide a range of other benefits besides environmental ones. However, these are just some of the fantastic pros in this area that they offer.
Cormac Reynolds is a lover of green technology and the environment and loves seeing exciting developments like these. He also loves hill walking and reading.