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FUTURE LIVING RIGHT NOW of the building – eliminating the need to add bolt-on technologies in the future. Sommar Place replicates Swedish lifestyle inside and out. The timber design maximises the available space, with each house designed as an elegant, contemporary, welcoming home, combining high ceilings and large windows, utilising the aesthetics the really bring timber into its own. Elegant Scandinavian design, combined with the natural beauty of quality timber, precision technology and seamless technology makes these houses comfortable, stylish and environmentally responsible.

1 With the market share for timber frame standing at 28%, and further 5% growth expected between now and 2020, timber is fast becoming the construction material of choice in the UK. A key new entrant to the housing market is Trivselhus, the Swedish housebuilding subsidiary of Södra – the largest forestry co-operative in Sweden. Trivselhus, What House? Sustainable Developer of the Year 2016, is working with Places for People, 2016 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year, and one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, to develop Sommar Place, a £18 million development of low-energy smart homes comprising 39 highly energyefficient, eco-friendly homes on the edge of its award-winning Brooklands development in Milton Keynes. This will be the first full timber frame development in the UK featuring integrated, cutting-edge smart home technology from Apple fitted as standard, with further development opportunities being sought between Places for People and Trivselhus. As well as cutting edge technology, timber’s inherently energy-efficient qualities will allow Trivselhus the luxury of an additional design feature on


2 what is sure to become a prestigious development. Sommar Place is a truly forward-thinking project, delivering the very best in Swedish energy-efficient design, combined with the latest in smart home technology – effectively future-proofing these homes for decades to come. Jeremy English, Sales Director at Södra, says: “We’re proud that timber is playing such a fundamental role in bringing housing into the future. We believe the timber frame just adds more benefits, from providing a truly sustainable construction material, to giving a much faster, flexible build, and elegant end-product.” No house can be called a home of the future without futureproof ecocredentials. Trivselhus houses are built to sustain even the harshest Swedish climate. Its secret is Climate Shield®: a superior level of mineral wool insulation and airtightness built into the closed panel timber frame walls during construction in Sweden. This ‘fabric first’ manufacturing gives Sommar Place’s houses exceptional thermal performance, keeping its occupants warm in the winter and cool in the summer. These qualities mean space heating demand can be reduced by up to 40% over more traditionally built properties, while lasting for the lifetime


Apple HomeKit accessories have been fitted as standard so that new residents of Sommar Place can move in and make themselves at home from day one. Fully interconnected throughout each home, the technology is completely customisable and can be tailored to a family’s individual preferences to complement and enhance day-to-day living while ensuring all-important privacy and security. By using the Apple Home app on their iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, interacting with Siri on these devices plus HomePod, and Apple TV, residents can make their home best work for them with the ease of use, seamless interoperability and superior level of end-to-end encrypted security that Apple is renowned for. “To date, this level of connected technology integrated into the build of a new property has only been available in multi-million-pound, bespoke smart homes,” says Ken Forster, Managing Director of Trivselhus. “It’s our mission at Trivselhus to develop family homes that have a positive impact on how people live. Technology is essential in easing people’s lives, so it is important that moving forward family homes are designed with smart home technology at their fore.” For more information visit:

Images: 01-02. Sommar Place is a seamless combination of closed panel timber frame construction and cutting edge digital technology

Offsite Magazine - Issue 11 ( May/June)  

Housing Special

Offsite Magazine - Issue 11 ( May/June)  

Housing Special