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Transforming the Irish housing market: Hapi Homes and modern methods of construction

Hapi Homes’ innovative approach to construction, which utilises MMC and light gauge steel, aligns perfectly with the Government’s agenda to meet demand challenges and provide homes which are sustainable and fit for a net zero future.

The Irish housing market faces a persistent challenge in meeting the demand for affordable, high-quality homes. As the Government emphasises modern methods of construction (MMC) to address these challenges, Hapi Homes provides an innovative approach using MMC and utilising light gauge steel. Our methods align with the Government’s MMC agenda and offer faster, more affordable housing solutions that are also highly customisable.

The benefits of light gauge steel frames

Light gauge steel (LGS) is a versatile and durable material that provides several key benefits:

  • Strength and durability: LGS is incredibly strong and capable of withstanding significant stress and load. It is also resistant to pests, fire, and moisture, ensuring long-lasting structural integrity.
  • Precision and efficiency: Steel components are manufactured with high precision, reducing the need for on-site adjustments and minimising waste. This precision ensures a smoother and faster construction process.
  • Sustainability: Steel is one of the most recycled materials globally. Using light gauge steel significantly reduces the environmental impact of construction, aligning with our commitment to sustainability.
  • Energy efficiency: LGS construction inherently supports energy-efficient design. The precision manufacturing of steel components allows for tight building envelopes, reducing thermal bridging and improving insulation. This results in more energy-efficient homes, reducing homeowners’ heating and cooling costs and contributing to a lower environmental impact.

Expertise in design, architecture, and engineering

At Hapi Homes, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive in-house design, architecture, and engineering expertise. Our team of professionals ensures that every project is meticulously planned and executed to the highest standards. Additionally, our two dedicated factories – one for producing steel frames and another for off-site construction – enable us to maintain quality control and efficiency throughout the building process.

Faster and more affordable housing solutions

One of the primary challenges in the Irish housing market is the speed and cost of construction. Traditional building methods can be slow and expensive, often leading to delays and budget overruns. Hapi Homes’ use of light gauge steel and off-site building addresses these challenges directly, offering a faster and more affordable solution.

Speed of construction

The prefabrication of light gauge steel components allows for a much quicker assembly process on-site. Our homes can be constructed up to 40 per cent faster than traditional methods, significantly reducing ground-breaking time to occupancy. This rapid construction process is crucial in addressing the housing shortage, enabling us to deliver high-quality homes at a pace that meets market demands.

Cost efficiency

The efficiency of light gauge steel construction extends to cost savings as well. By reducing the need for extensive on-site labour and minimising waste, we can lower overall construction costs by up to 30 per cent. These savings are passed on to our clients, making our homes more affordable without compromising quality or sustainability.

High customisation for unique homes

Every homeowner or developer has unique needs and preferences, and Hapi Homes is dedicated to providing highly customisable housing solutions. Our approach allows for significant flexibility in design, ensuring that each home is tailored to meet specific requirements.

Our innovative configurator tool empowers clients to design their homes with ease. Users can choose from various interior styles, including modern, mid-century modern, and Scandinavian, to create a home that reflects their taste. This tool also allows for customisation of layout, finishes, and other key elements, ensuring that every home is as unique as its owner.

Turnkey solutions and self-build kits

To cater to a diverse range of clients, Hapi Homes offers both turnkey solutions and self-build housing kits. Our turnkey solutions provide a comprehensive package covering every aspect of construction, from design to final finishes. For those who prefer a more hands-on approach, our self-build housing kits include all the necessary materials to allow builders, developers, and homeowners to benefit from the MMC option provided by Hapi Homes.

Hapi Homes can play a role in revolutionising the Irish housing market with its innovative use of light gauge steel and commitment to modern construction methods. Our ability to deliver highly customisable homes faster and cheaper than traditional methods makes us a valuable partner in the housing sector. By offering turnkey solutions and self-build kits, we provide flexible options to meet the diverse needs of our clients.

Sustainability is at the core of everything we do. Our use of eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient design practices ensures that our homes are high-quality, affordable, and environmentally responsible. As we continue to support MMC’s goals, we are dedicated to positively impacting the housing market and the broader community.

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