Smartroof is delighted to announce its SmartPUC system has been named Best Brand New Product at the Housebuilder Product Awards 2024.

Celebrating excellence in the provision of products and services to the housebuilding industry, the Housebuilder Product Awards are judged by experts with the Best Brand New Product being awarded to Smartroof for its SmartPUC system – an offsite manufactured prefabricated utility cupboard that can accommodate new electric technologies within unused loft spaces while providing additional loft storage to enhance practicality for homeowners. This innovative solution was recognised as one that helps housebuilders overcome the challenge of new building regulations, improve build quality, deliver cost and time savings, and is sustainable.

The impact of the Future Homes Standard in 2025 and new electric heating systems led to housebuilder Taylor Wimpey approaching Smartroof, one of its major suppliers.  Together with its technical team who worked in collaboration with Taylor Wimpey’s Innovation team, and AES Sustainability consultants, the Smartroof team created an offsite manufactured, Prefabricated Utility Cupboard (PUC). 

“In partnership with Smartroof, the development of the SmartPUC concept demonstrates a true collaborative approach between supplier and house builder to create an innovative solution for the house building industry!,” said Richard Kinloch, Taylor Wimpey’s Director of Research & Technical Information.

“The introduction of SmartPUC systems redefines how loft spaces in U.K are designed, by utilising the ‘unused’ loft space to accommodate the additional technologies required within a home as we transition to the Future Homes Standards – With the potential to provide homeowners with additional free space to optimise storage and living space.”

By moving new technologies such as heat pumps, hot water cylinders (up to 30% larger than gas requirements), MHVR and solar PV inverters to the roof space, housebuilders can free-up valuable floor areas in new homes, maximising living space, particularly in the case of smaller plots.

Commenting on the award, Kevin Sherlock Managing Director at Smartroof said; “This is fantastic news and a huge achievement for everyone involved. This award is testament to the dedication and collaborative efforts of our team, and how cutting-edge solutions such as SmartPUC can shape the future of housebuilding.”

Winners of the awards were invited to a celebratory lunch on 6th June in London and now automatically qualify as a finalist in the Product of the Year Category at the Housebuilder Awards 2024, which will be held on the 31st October.