THE KINGDOM HOUSE - A House for the Future

The Kingdom House

An injected PU closed panel timber frame system dramatically reduces the amount of energy required to run a house, and when Kingdom Housing Association embarked on a project to build an eco-house, trialing different construction methods and renewable energy technologies, Scotframe was their first port of call.

Managing director of Scotframe, Bob Edwards believes that their closed panel system will become the future of building houses using Modern Methods of Construction, and The Kingdom House is a shining example of how things should be done.

Bob said: "We did a project with the Highland Housing Alliance, in Kildary, who wanted to show it was possible to build energy efficient homes which could meet all public and private sector requirements at a reasonable cost. They specified the injected PU closed panel system and the project created interest throughout the Scottish social housing sector and Bill Banks at Kingdom picked up on it. He invited us to take part in the Pittenweem project, which brought together experts from across a range of products and disciplines. Our area of expertise of course was the timber frame structure and our products were quickly recognized as being the most efficient and advanced timber frame system available anywhere.

Exciting and groundbreaking

Kingdom House has been "an exciting and groundbreaking" project for Scotframe to be involved in, says Bob. "Around the table at the meetings, which were chaired by the Scottish Passivhaus Centre, were industry experts representing every aspect of the project covering renewables, architects and timber frame all on board with the latest technologies in order to achieve Kingdom's requirement to provide a sustainable building. We have taken a lot out of this project. We now have a much clearer understanding of what is required to meet Passivhaus standards and what we need to do to achieve these on other projects in the future. We look forward to receiving feedback from Kingdom."

Bob looks forward to working with Kingdom in the future, as well as with other social housing projects.

He said: "It has long been recognised that lower income tenants spend a disproportionately greater part of their income on fuel costs and social landlords are aware of the need to tackle this problem. We have another 100 units scheduled for Highland Housing Alliance and are currently completing around 60 units for Dundee City Council, who required a high performance thermal fabric solution.

"We are also finding that our self build customers are now more aware of new and signposted building regulations requirements and therefore are attaching a greater importance to ensuring the fabric of their home is to a much higher and "future proofed" standard. A high quality injected PU closed panel timber frame system is of course able to meet and surpass their expectations whilst bringing a host of other additional benefits to their self build project. Quite simply, people want to invest in the best possible fabric now and know this will not be sub-standard next time the building regulations change."

For further information contact:

Bob Edwards
Scotframe Timber Engineering Ltd Inverurie Business Park, Souterford Avenue, Inverurie, AB51 0ZJ

Tel:01467 624440/Fax:01467 624255