Dramatic changes to housing construction
Perfect panelised system dramatically cuts build times
IMPRESA HOUSE’S panelised building system is re-shaping the construction industry from the ground up.
From the first steps into to the massive offsite construction facility at Derrimut it is obvious this is no ordinary operation ... it is something exceptionally well thought out, laid out and every step of the way is executed with precision.
Australasian Timber brings you this in-depth look at this fledgling company that is destined to be an industry leader in years to come.
Since executing an agreement with Weinmann Group in late 2015, Impresa House has managed to successfully install, commission and implement a 16,000m2 offsite manufacturing facility in Derrimut, Victoria. Impresa House has now been designing, manufacturing, supplying and constructing developments in the Victorian market, utilising an offsite panelised system. Impresa House engaged Andiamo Engineering as their consulting partners to assist them in the implementation and commissioning process. Andiamo Engineering provided strategic support in the planning, training, software management and material selection. This ultimately allowed Impresa House to focus on the successful manufacturing and construction procedures and assert itself as a leader in the market.
Founded by Michael and Irene Slepoy, Impresa House is privately run Australian company with its primary aim to revolutionise the prefabrication industry. The dayto-day operations are successfully spearheaded by Chief Executive Officer Sean Morley and General Production Manager Andrew Aliev who brings a wealth of European experience with past facilitations of off-site timber manufacturing throughout Europe.
Combining CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology and Australian building innovation, Impresa Houses panelised building system re-shapes the construction process from the ground up. Impresa House is striving for a quality, energy efficient building solution that aims at an 8-star energy rating scheme and looks further into the complete solution for each development and project. In achieving the control and logistical processing with offsite manufacturing, Impresa House’s solution provides a number of benefits to the overall construction and prefabrication market. Achieving these systematic benefits allows for significant reduction in waste and also improves overall safety while minimising the complete build time.
The first construction
The first project undertaken by Impresa House was a side-by-side dual occupancy development in the desired south-eastern suburb of Bentleigh East. The project was architecturally designed to highlight the Impresa House capabilities and was employed as a complete training project conducted by Andiamo Engineering. The combined size of both dwellings was 560m2 and was locked-up and water tight in just over two and a half weeks.
Since then Impresa House has done a mix of projects, from single homes to terrace houses, single, double and currently working on three-storeys. With each build the construction time is getting increasingly faster.
The thought process behind the logistical and operational flow was
achieved through a collaborative and systematic approach between Impresa House, Andiamo Engineering and Weinmann/Homag Group. To achieve this optimal output, a model was developed based on current European manufacturing processes integrated with Australian standards and requirements.
Weinmann Group, whose parent company Homag Group, offered a complete solution tailored specifically for the Impresa House vision.
The machinery selected provides Impresa House with an optimal output – both in quality and volume. The representative from Weinmann worked closely and diligently with the Impresa House team and provided accurate timelines for the arrival, installation and ongoing maintenance routine.
With the growing frustration at timelines for “traditional” stick-build constructions, Impresa House acted quickly on executing its decision to implement an offsite manufacturing facility. Initial conversations with Weinmann and Homag Group begun late 2015 and an agreement was reached within a couple of months. Machinery was delivered to the Impresa House facility a further six months later and it was commissioned and ready for its first project in September, 2016.
In accepting that this is a new and innovative solution, Impresa House invested significant amount of time and effort during its initial integration phases to provide thorough and comprehensive training to all staff. In engaging Andiamo Engineering and their specialists, Impresa House received training in all aspects from initial design to optimising the manufacturing process and on-site assembly training. This has now been instilled throughout the organisation and ongoing support and consultancy is received to continuously adapt and enhance the overall solution.
Conservatively Impresa House has an annual output capacity of 75,000m2, which roughly translates to between 350-500 homes per year depending on size and design.
Impresa solutions can be adapted to most existing design or the team can custom design a different type of building.
Impresa solutions can incorporate any type of cladding (i.e. brick, timber, metal, masonry, render…) and/or internal finishes, so, as you can see, Impresa has already built up an impressive operational sheet!
■ Impresa House's prefab facility at Derrimut, Victoria.
■ The Impresa system is quick, clean and quiet.