Self-build is driving innovation in the house building industry

As the demand for both energy and build efficiency marches onwards, the underlying positive is that it drives innovation, not just in the range of products available but also in construction methods and new ideas. And savvy self builders are to thank for this!

Two of the most recent trends of innovation that are shaking up the market are the way we deliver homes and home battery storage.

There has been a huge shift towards off-site manufacture with homes being built to order in a factory and then delivered to the site on the back of a lorry. With construction on site then taking around three-four weeks, rather than months, it’s no surprise this method is increasing in popularity and now widely available across the UK.


We take this one step further when building multiple homes at developments such as the Custom & Self Build development at Graven Hill in Oxfordshire, by supplying our very own Flying Factory allowing construction of Beattie Passive homes to take place on-site (yet off-site), using local labour and far reducing both build time and delivery costs.

The second big move in the industry is towards the use of high quality home batteries which allow you to store the suns energy gathered during the day, to be used at night to run lighting and electrical appliances. The technology for solar storage is now also being used for hot water, heat batteries charged with the sun’s energy, can heat water by changing the molecular structure to create heat, which delivers hot water. This means we can store our own electricity and energy needs, far reducing the reliance on the grid and our utility costs.

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