From forest to finished house – part 3: the house factory
In 1960 Derome supplemented its sawmill business with building material sales. Today the company supplies construction materials and prefabricated building components as well as complete houses under the A-hus and Varbergshus brands. The A-hus brand covers prefabricated houses that can be picked straight from the catalogue, with the focus on design. In addition to sales in Sweden, these houses are also exported to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Denmark.
The factory in which they are built is located at the very same site where the company was founded. Production is highly rationalised. A CAD system generates core data files with information for the production line, which uses the drawings to produce the houses. Every year, A-hus builds and sells 350 houses, that is to say about one a day. The Lindell family went to have a look at the house factory.
The family examine the production line together with Petra Cederhed of A-hus (on the right)…
…and Peter Mossbrant, President of A-hus (on the left).
Christian Axelsson of A-hus in discussion with Alicja about the plastic sheeting that serves as the “climate shell” of the One Tonne Life house.
Cross-section of a One Tonne Life wall, with the plastic sheeting inserted in two layers.
Hannah inspects the growth rings in the timber used for the facade.
The house walls are insulated.
Jonathan got to apply insulation strips to a window. He managed it well …
…as did Nils.
When the time came to try the nail gun, Jonathan focused on looking as cool as possible …
…while Hannah went all-out for enthusiasm …
…but wasn’t quite ready for the recoil!
Hannah shows the nails used in the nail gun.
Hannah watches as a window receives its final insulation treatment. This is the last step before …
…the module is ready.