Housebuilding giant plans to build more homes off-site to meet 2025 Future Homes Standard  

The country’s biggest housebuilder Barratt is to open a £45m timber frame factory to build more homes off site and meet the 2025 Future Homes Standard. 

Oregon factory

Barratt’s Oregon factory

The firm believes the factory will help it reach its commitment of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, by which time it wants 30% of its homes to be built using modern methods of construction. 

The company bought the timber manufacturer Oregon in 2019 and will relocate it this summer from Burton-upon-Trent to the just completed 186,000 square foot facility at Infinity Park in Derby. 

Barratt, which has said it will build around 16,500 to 17,000 homes this year - 1,000 less than planned, constructed 3,700 of its 18,000 homes last year using timber frames.  

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It said using a timber frame system enabled it to cut build time on developments by an average of five weeks compared to the traditional masonry method. 

The new Oregon factory has been built by Bowmer & Kirkland, and has achieved a BREEAM “very good” and an EPC “A” rating. 

It has already been used to build Barratt’s concept Zed House, which is testing innovative products that are forecast to reduce carbon by 125%, at the University of Salford

The Future Homes Standard will require all homes in England to be constructed producing 75% to 80% less carbon emissions than homes built under the current Building Regulations.