Val-U-Therm Gets BBA Certificate from Lord Prescott
Ex-Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Prescott, presented Val-U-Therm’s Managing Director, Bryan Woodley, with the company’s BBA certificate at the Fabric First event at the BRE (Building Research Establishment) in Watford. The presentation, which took place on the 17th of April, underlines Val-U-Therm’s innovative approach to the development of sustainable building technology in the UK.
“I was delighted to receive the certificate on behalf of the company from such a distinguished politician,” said Mr Woodley. “Lord Prescott commented that our accreditation was particularly important as it represented the work of a group of major companies who had come together to create a common product; one that would help drive more environmentally-friendly construction projects.”
When he received the certificate, Mr Woodley was joined by representatives from the companies that have been part of the development of the Val-U-Therm product: Mike Cruickshank, Sales Director at Scotframe Timber Engineering Ltd and Tom Fairlie, Director of the Walker Timber Group.
“To achieve the BBA certification Val-U-Therm completed the BBA’s comprehensive and detailed testing process,” explained Mr Woodley. “This involved an assessment of structural performance, thermal performance, behaviour in relation to fire, sound insulation and durability.”
The Fabric First event was a one-day conference and exhibition event designed to create a platform for timber frame and SIPS technology providers. It highlighted the benefits of adopting ‘fabric first’ methodologies in respect of modern energy-efficient residential construction. Mr Woodley took part in the conference as an expert speaker. He delivered a talk on Volume PassivHaus Projects to an audience of over 150 people.
The event was a collaboration between the UK Timber Frame Association and the UK Structural Insulated Panel Association. It was organised by Radar Communications.
Lord Prescott presented the BBA certificate to Val-U-Therm immediately after his own keynote speech which gave an insight into the construction industry during his time in office. He was introduced by Alan Thomas, Sales and Communications Director of the BBA, who underlined the importance of third-party accreditation.
The BBA is one of the UK’s most highly regarded construction industry approvals bodies. It issues approvals for construction products and systems and provides inspection services in support of industry installer schemes. Its Agrément Certificates are recognised by building control, government departments, architects, local authorities, specifiers and industry insurers such as the NHBC.