Programme roles, construction systems and benefit areas

Role Descriptions

  • Integrators
    • Organisations who would define the platform, interface with the client, manage configuration, purchases from sub-assembly 1, build, validate and commissioning and through-life design. These could be competing organisations but they realise that by working together to develop a common platform there are benefits for the whole industry.
  • Development contractors
    • Organisations who can support assembly, construction management, definition of interface standards, design, inspection, logistics, facilities management.
  • Sub-assembly 1
    • The Construction Innovation Hub’s platform will be broken into 13 key sub-assemblies. It is hoped that everything will be manufactured off-site at this level in dedicated facilities for each sub-assembly. We welcome competition against any of these sub-assemblies in terms of delivery method, but they have to be technically interchangeable. For example, the platform could incorporate two structural frame systems, one delivered as a kit of parts, and the other offsite volumetric but both will need to work on the same grid configuration, with the same interface to the foundations and walls and perform the same function.
  • Sub-assembly 2
    • These are sub, sub-assemblies or systems that go into the sub-assemblies. A good example here is a boiler. The sub-assembly 2 company making these boilers will have to work very closely with the sub-assembly 1 company to ensure that DfM / DfA has been applied so that their systems can be pre-assembled and pre-inspected and just-in-time assembled into sub-assembly 1.
  • Components and Materials
    • Providing components or materials which feed into module manufacture / assembly. Components and materials can be standardised across all of the systems and sub-assemblies to give better visibility of demand.

Building Systems

# Platform Systems Definition
1 Foundation system A standardised building foundation system that can be delivered in a consistent, accurate way with assured quality and location / pickup features to accommodate standardised carrier frames and ground floor on a standard grid. Incorporating rain water storage and attenuation.
2 Incoming services – Gas still needed as a service for buildings of the future- ban on new build from 2025, scope to harness renewables All incoming and outgoing services will be run to the site to a single point with a standardised plug and play connection / isolation system. With minimal impact to the environment. Future proofed for predicted long term trends i.e. energy usage and distributed energy generation i.e. active building.
3 Structural frame Either Bryden Wood Platform 2, Seismic or another but must operate over a standardised grid and connection system to the foundation systems. Can be delivered 1D, 2D or 3D – kit of parts, panelised or volumetric.
4 Ground floors Load bearing and insulated floors which must engage with the foundation system to locate and fix. Must incorporate connection methodology to structural frame, connection methodology to adjacent floor panels, location features for internal walls, MEP incorporation with standardised coupling strategy and transfer of services to centralised or distributed plant room.
5 Cores including vertical circulation Stairwells, lifts, smoke extracts.
6 External Walls and balconies Thermal insulation / mass, solar control, natural daylight, air tightness, acoustic performance, fire separation, drainage, visual aesthetics, incorporation of active elements. Available in different security variations. Must connect MEP to superstructure, floors, groundworks and active roof. Must include access and egress features.
7 Active / Passive roof Roof structure incorporating solar thermal and electrical generation and storage, weather tightness, drainage, thermal insulation, heat recovery heat exchangers.
8 Ceiling cassette / Interim floors Load bearing and floors which must engage with the superstructure to locate and fix. Provide fire / acoustic separation and vibration damping. Must be finished or semi-finished   Must incorporate connection methodology to structural frame, connection methodology to adjacent floor panels, location features for internal walls, MEP incorporation with standardised coupling strategy and transfer of services to centralised or distributed plant room.
9 Volumetric high density service modules  Server rooms, toilets, kitchens, labs and panelised service distribution solutions etc. Local power, water and data distribution / manifolds and metering and shut-off.
10 Risers Standardised riser to transfer services between stories,  MEP connectivity to floor panel / super structure.
11 Plant room High value integration of services into one module. The plant room would include the main incoming services and primary plant. Air handling, electrical distribution, metering, fusing, water / gas / air shut-off and metering, pumping, heat exchangers, data.
12 Internal walls / Fit out Un serviced / serviced walls, fire and acoustic barriers.  Must include access and egress features.  Must be available in different security variations.
13 Building control system Centralised control systems for anything requiring digital management. Internal and external to the building. Need to ensure compliance with PAS1192-4.

Benefit Areas

# Benefit Area Description Example Statement
1 Reduction in whole life costs How will your proposed building system contribute to a reduction in the whole life costs of a building?  
2 Reduction in delivery time How does your proposed building system reduce the building delivery time?  
3 Reduction in trade gap How does your proposed building system contribute to a reduction in the trade gap?  
4 Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

How does your proposed building system contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gases?

Factors to consider: 

  • Locally sourced materials= reduced emissions from transportation.
 
5 Reduction in productivity gap How does your proposed building system equate to an increase in productivity?  
6 Increased industry investment How will your proposed building system enable greater investment in the supply chain?  
7 Critical mass of active energy positive buildings    
8 Demonstration of the business case for active energy buildings

What active element(s) does your proposed building system incorporate?

Factors to consider:

  • Capacity
  • Cost/kWh
  • Supplier
  • Scalability.
 
9 Uptake of concepts at scale

Is there a UK manufacturing base able to produce your building system at scale?

 
10 Higher levels of lifetime build asset performance

How does your proposed building system result in higher levels of built asset performance?

Factors to consider:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Required maintenance and inspection regime.
The proposed external wall system incorporates material X with a u-value of Y. This represents a 20% decrease in the transfer of heat from the building during occupation when compared to standard building regulations.
11 Improved assurance of buildings

How does the manufacture and final assembly of your building system contribute toward improving the assurance?

Factors to consider:

  • Dimensional accuracy
  • Quality control process
  • Test and commission process.
The proposed building system will be manufactured in an offsite facility using 3D scanning equipment to ensure the dimensional accuracy of the finished product.
12 Ethical impact

What is the ethical impact of the manufacture and assembly of your building system vs traditional.

Factors to consider:

  • Employee well being
  • Local employment
  • Use of local/recycled materials
  • GHG emissions
  • End of life strategy.
 
13 Improved Health and Safety in construction projects What is it about the manufacture and / or final assembly of your building system that could be considered to improve the health and safety of building construction vs traditional? The Active roof panel is manufactured in an offsite facility where H&S is strictly controlled and monitored. The panel’s design includes an integrated edge protection system that is active once the panel is in place. (Falls from height were responsible for 40 deaths in UK workplaces 2018/19).
14 Reduce the skills gap in construction workforce    

Roles Descriptions

  • Integrators
    • Organisations who would define the platform, interface with the client, manage configuration, purchases from Sub-Assembly 1, build, validate and commissioning, and through-life design. These could be competing organisations but they realise that by working together to develop a common platform there are benefits for the whole industry.
  • Sub assembly 1
    • The Construction Innovation Hub’s platform will be broken into 13 key sub-assemblies. It is hoped that everything will be manufactured off-site at this level in dedicated facilities for each sub-assembly. We welcome competition against any of these sub-assemblies in terms of delivery method, but they have to be technically interchangeable. For example, the platform could incorporate two structural frame systems, one delivered as a kit of parts, and the other off-site volumetric but both will need to work on the same grid configuration, with the same interface to the foundations and walls and perform the same function.
  • Sub assembly 2
    • These are sub, sub-assemblies or systems that go into the sub-assemblies. A good example here is a boiler. The sub assembly 2 company making these boilers will have to work very closely with the sub-assembly 1 company to ensure that DfM / DfA has been applied so that their systems can be pre-assembled and pre-inspected and just-in-time assembled into sub-assembly 1.
  • Components and Materials
    • Providing components or materials which feed into module manufacture / assembly. Components and materials can be standardised across all of the systems and sub-assemblies to give better visibility of demand.
  • Specialist contractors
    • Organisations who can support Assembly, Construction management, Definition of interface standards, design, inspection, logistics, facilities management.

Building Systems

# Platform Systems Definition
1 Foundation system A standardised building foundation system that can be delivered in a consistent, accurate way with assured quality and location / pickup features to accommodate standardised carrier frames and ground floor on a standard grid. Incorporating rain water storage and attenuation.
2 Incoming services – Gas still needed as a service for buildings of the future- ban on new build from 2025, scope to harness renewables All incoming and outgoing services will be run to the site to a single point with a standardised plug and play connection / isolation system. With minimal impact to the environment. Future proofed for predicted long term trends i.e. energy usage and distributed energy generation i.e. active building
3 Structural frame Either Bryden Wood Platform 2, or Seismic or another but must operate over a standardised grid and connection system to the foundation systems. Can be delivered 1D, 2D or 3D – kit of parts, panelised or volumetric.
4 Ground floors Load bearing and insulated floors which must engage with the foundation system to locate and fix.  Must incorporate connection methodology to structural frame, connection methodology to adjacent floor panels, location features for internal walls, MEP incorporation with standardised coupling strategy and transfer of services to centralised or distributed plant room.
5 Cores including vertical circulation Stairwells, lifts, smoke extracts
6 External Walls and balconies Thermal insulation / mass, solar control, natural daylight, air tightness, acoustic performance, fire separation, drainage, visual aesthetics, incorporation of active elements. Available in different security variations. Must connect MEP to superstructure, floors, groundworks and active roof. Must include access and egress features.
7 Active / passive roof Roof structure incorporating solar thermal and electrical generation and storage, weather tightness, drainage, thermal insulation, heat recovery heat exchangers
8 Ceiling cassette / Interim floors Load bearing and floors which must engage with the superstructure to locate and fix. Provide fire / acoustic separation and vibration damping. Must be finished or semi-finished   Must incorporate connection methodology to structural frame, connection methodology to adjacent floor panels, location features for internal walls, MEP incorporation with standardised coupling strategy and transfer of services to centralised or distributed plant room.
9 Volumetric high density service modules  Server rooms, toilets, kitchens, labs and panelised service distribution solutions etc. Local power, water and data distribution / manifolds and metering and shut-off.
10 Risers Standardised riser to transfer services between stories,  MEP connectivity to floor panel / super structure
11 Plant room High value integration of services into one module. The plant room would include the main incoming services and primary plant. Air handling, electrical distribution, metering, fusing, water / gas / air shut-off and metering, pumping, heat exchangers, data.
12 Internal Walls / fit out Un serviced / serviced walls, fire and acoustic barriers.  Must include access and egress features.  Must be available in different security variations.
13 Building control system Centralised control systems for anything requiring digital management. Internal and external to the building. Need to ensure compliance with PAS1192-4.

 

The Construction Innovation Hub Benefit Areas

# Benefit Area Description Example Statement
1 Reduction in whole life costs How will your proposed building system contribute to a reduction in the whole life costs of a building?  
2 Reduction in delivery time How does your proposed building system reduce the building delivery time?  
3 Reduction in Trade Gap How does your proposed building system contribute to a reduction in the trade gap?  
4 Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

How does your proposed building system contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gases?

Factors to consider: Locally sourced materials = reduced emissions from transportation

 
5 Reduction in productivity gap How does your proposed building system equate to an increase in productivity?  
6 Increased industry investment How will your proposed building system enable greater investment in the supply chain?  
7 Critical mass of active energy positive buildings    
8 Demonstration of the business case for active energy buildings

What active element(s) does your proposed building system incorporate? Factors to consider;

  • capacity,
  • cost/kWh,
  • supplier,
  • scalability.
 
9 Uptake of concepts at scale

Factors to consider:

Is there a UK manufacturing base able to produce your building system at scale?

 
10 Higher levels of lifetime build asset performance

How does your proposed building system result in higher levels of built asset performance?

Factors to consider;

  • Energy efficiency,
  • Required maintenance and inspection regime.
The proposed external wall system incorporates material X with a u-value of Y. This represents a 20% decrease in the transfer of heat from the building during occupation when compared to standard building regulations. 
11 Improved assurance of buildings

How does the manufacture and final assembly of your building system contribute toward improving the assurance?

Factors to consider;

  • Dimensional accuracy
  • Quality control process
  • Test and commission process
The proposed building system will be manufactured in an offsite facility using 3D scanning equipment to ensure the dimensional accuracy of the finished product 
12 Ethical impact

What is the ethical impact of the manufacture and assembly of your building system Vs traditional.

Factors to consider;

  • Employee well being
  • Local employment
  • Use of local/recycled materials
  • GHG emissions
  • End of life strategy
 
13 Improved Health and Safety in construction projects What is it about the manufacture and / or final assembly of your building system that could be considered to improve the health and safety of building construction Vs traditional? The Active roof panel is manufactured in an offsite facility where H&S is strictly controlled and monitored. The panel’s design includes an integrated edge protection system that is active once the panel is in place. (Falls from height were responsible for 40 deaths in UK workplaces 2018/19)
14 Reduce the skills gap in construction workforce