Energy efficient home manufactured offsite

Sarah and Joe Page had wanted to self build for years, so they researched the market very carefully before taking the plunge and buying a piece of land.

Once they’d secured their dream plot in a small village in Cambridgeshire, they contacted a local architect, who they felt would be well-placed to meet their expectations for a contemporary, eco-friendly home.

From the outset, one of the couple’s aims was to reduce their energy bills – so they took a fabric first approach. Recognising that a prefabricated building process would be an ideal way to achieve this, they got in touch with Meisterstueck-Haus.

They visited a number of the company’s show homes in Germany to garner ideas for their new house, as well as the firm’s impressive factory.

Having finalised the design of their home with the architect and achieved planning permission, the couple signed a contract with Meisterstueck-Haus for the house shell.

A number of major decisions had to be made at this stage, including which eco technologies the Lanes would include in their property.

“We decided that solar photovoltaic panels and a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system were essential,” says Sarah.

With these elements in place, the couple visited the Meisterstueck-Haus factory again to ensure that every detail was correct. They took the opportunity to make some final selections, including upgrading the windows to smart, low-maintenance aluminium frames.

Thanks to the high level of prefabrication with the Meisterstueck-Haus system, the build itself went very swiftly. The house was assembled by the team’s German crew and the final render coat applied within days of the first delivery lorry arriving on site.

After a detailed handover inspection of the shell, Sarah assumed control as project manager.

The couple moved into their new home in June 2013 – just 14 weeks after the structural frame arrived on site.

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