Eco developer forms partnership with self-build specialist

Offsite eco developer Project Etopia announced its purchase of self-build specialist Tribus Homes this week, after forming a partnership last year under the E-Tribus banner.

Tribus Homes had already switched from using timber frames to Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) used by Project Etopia, and will now also include its smart home technology.

The Tribus manufacturing facility is found just outside of Tiverton, in Devon, and can create 200 homes a year. Project Etopia will use the factory as an example of how a micro-manufacturing site can be replicated across the UK to support councils to reach housebuilding targets using offsite technology.

Joseph Daniels, Project Etopia CEO, said the firm could use the manufacturing facility in Devon to produce up to 200 new homes a year in the South West “without needing to transport goods around the country, making developments much more sustainable”.

Lee McArdle, who co-founded Tribus Homes, will remain managing director, and a rebranding process will begin this year.