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Scotframe, the UK’s leading full kit manufacturer and supplier, has embarked on an innovative collaboration with Campion Homes to take part in the Housing Innovation Showcase, a major initiative to encourage affordable, sustainable construction.
As part of Scotframe's ongoing drive to create new generation house building techniques which take thinking about construction into the 21st century, the company will help to highlight sustainable housing methods at an experimental site in Dunfermline.
The project, which will develop a range of house types to meet affordable housing needs, is a partnership between Fife Council and the Fife Alliance. It will be managed by Kingdom Housing Association. Campion, with whom Scotframe will partner, has been selected as a preferred developer.
Scotframe has been asked to supply its unique and highly regarded product Val-U-Therm®, which it has successfully developed and manufactured in its custom built factories at Inverurie and Cumbernauld.
Val-U-Therm® is a new type of building panel from which a house which is effectively zero carbon can be quickly and efficiently erected. It is crafted from wood from sustainable sources and saturation-filled with injected polyurethane insulation.
The innovative panels have the capacity to cut heating and energy bills to virtually zero. They not only effortlessly exceed all current building standards but they have been engineered by Scotframe to anticipate all likely future regulations.
At the Housing Innovation Showcase site at Dunlin Drive, within the Dunfermline Eastern Expansion area of Duloch Park, Scotframe, in conjiunction with Campion have built a four-unit development of cottage flats and two semi-detached houses.
They all incorporate Val-U-Therm®.However, in the semi-detached homes, one has been built to PassivHaus criteria and the other to current building regulations. Their performance will then be monitored and compared.
The PassivHaus project builds on the success of a Scotframe contract in Pittenweem, Fife, again in co-operation with Campion Homes as well as Bill Banks, deputy chief executive of Kingdom HA, to build the UK's first ever PassivHaus home for social housing rental.
Mike Cruickshank, sales director of Scotframe, said: "The Housing Innovation Showcase is an incredibly worthwhile project for professionals within the construction industry to be involved in.
"It is testing modern methods of construction in a realistic and practical manner and providing transparent monitoring parameters which will generate results of importance not only to the industry but to the future of social housing in the UK. It will provide valuable information and insight to all types of housing providers including developers and self beuilders.
"The industry has always been aware that there can be discrepancies between claimed performance and as-built performance and this project gives us the opportunity to show just how closely we can match them."
Bill Banks said: "Companies such as Scotframe and Campion Homes are continually innovating in the interests of creating a more affordable and sustainable built environment for the future in Scotland.
"The new methods incorporated into the construction of the homes at Dunfermline will make a significant contribution to reducing our impact on the environment and creating more energy efficient homes and commercial properties.”