The Formance Design and Supply Process
Formance Design Process
The process for designing with Formance should be familiar to you as it follows similar steps to framed construction. A flow chart of the below is in the Design Guide.
Formance Supply Process
The main difference in the overall supply process is our Design Freeze step. You could think of this as a freeze on items required for building consent. Because the panels are accurately cut in the factory specifically for your project we need to ensure things don't change hence the term "design freeze". Yes, as a designer you have permission to blame Formance for enforcing a no-more-changes-step with your clients! This can be an advantage as it lets you finalise things possibly earlier than you might have otherwise.
An overview of our process is below.
You can think of the 3d modelling step as a buildability audit. We take your inputs, and model them in 3d for the purpose of checking the panels can be manufactured. We will have questions for you when we do the model. Note this can take longer than 2 weeks depending on what we find when we create the model.
When you get to the Design Freeze we will ask you for the following:
- Confirmation of design freeze (consented plans usually)
- dwg files of your design
- pdf copies of your consent drawings
- Any engineering design files for the project
- A copy of our consent checklist (found in the Design Guide)
As with any prefabrication technique the best plans are the most resolved!