In recent times two major themes have emerged for developers to satisfy the urgent demand for homes and how best to make those homes “smarter” and therefore more environmentally friendly and saleable to discerning homebuyers.
The first point is to speed up the process of construction given the skill sets which are available (not to mention the British weather), the second to meet the environmental and technical demands of a more IT enlightened public.
Modular construction systems are probably the only way by which the UK can achieve the necessary build program to meet demand, quality, consistency and speed of construction, with all utilities being ready to literally “plug in”.
Given these requirements, traditional underground water control systems simply just do not fit the bill, either for accessibility or as a home for a meter.
The only realistic method of achieving this simple concept is to connect to externally mounted, pre-installed water service controls.
Our Groundbreaker water management system is the only such system available – designed to be installed at any time during the construction period, is fully (Water Regulations) approved and offers an accessible, safe and secure location for the water meter and controls to a specific property.
Because of its compact design, Groundbreaker can facilitate the early and secure connection of water services to a plot or unit, for both accessibility and water quality at a time to suit the developer’s program of events on site.
Groundbreaker was chosen by “Urban Splash” for its prestigious development at Irwell Riverside, Salford, as the most efficient method of achieving all the objectives, the scheme being “approved” by United Utilities who also saw the advantages of early connections to the water supplies.
By use of Groundbreaker, Urban Splash has been able to avoid the “clutter” of street furniture, allowing clean lines for the design of the project as will be seen from the images.
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Smarter water management:
Smart meters have been around for a while now, but every smart meter so far has had to be installed above ground as traditional underground water control boxes are apt to get waterlogged and are exceedingly poor in being able to transmit a signal to even a local pick up.
Besides facilitating water connections to meet rapid build programs, Groundbreaker also offers by far the best location for a water meter. Transmissions from a smart meter above ground – the location of the Groundbreaker unit – have proven to be at least 1 000x better than in the traditional locations.
We believe it is essential for the homeowner to manage his or her utilities and impact on the environment probably via a home hub with link to the ubiquitous “App” on a mobile phone or home computer.
Recently, Groundbreaker was chosen for the first pilot of a 5G transmitter associated with a smart water meter, no other product could have provided such a platform so successfully, leaving the way open for further “smart systems” to follow.
Groundbreaker is compliant with all relevant legislation as well as meeting the best practice recommendations of Water UK and the Home Builders Federation and can be used on more traditional building systems and refurbishment schemes.
For further information on Groundbreaker and associated products, please email email@example.com , call on 01379 741993 or visit the website.