Dra­matic changes to hous­ing con­struc­tion

Per­fect pan­elised sys­tem dra­mat­i­cally cuts build times

Australasian Timber - - IMPRESA IN FOCUS NEWS -

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.

Ded­i­cated sys­tem

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.

Em­ployee train­ing

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.

Adapt­able op­tions

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.

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