Val-U-Therm to Take Centre Stage at Leading Scottish Sustainability Showcase
The exceptional performance characteristics of the Val-U-Therm closed panel building system will be on show at one of the most ambitious green building initiatives ever to take place in Scotland.
Scotframe Ltd. and Campion Homes Ltd. are using the Val-U-Therm system to build the structural envelope for five properties at the Housing Innovation Showcase in Fife. This large-scale demonstration project, which is launching on the 15th of May, has been designed to promote sustainability and demonstrate how new methods of construction can be transferred to mainstream affordable housing.
“We are really delighted to be a part of this ground-breaking initiative,” says Val-U-Therm’s Managing Director Bryan Woodley. “It is a really exciting and far-sighted project that will prove the performance of our products in real-world conditions and give us valuable feedback and data on just how much money our system can save homeowners on their heating bills.”
To demonstrate the Val-U-Therm system, Scotframe and Campion Homes are constructing four two-bedroom cottage flats. Val-U-Therm has also been chosen as the building method by a partnership between Campion Homes, Scottish Passive House Centre & Scotframe to demonstrate the advantages of the advanced PassivHaus specification. Plots 17 & 18 will be a comparative study of two semi—detached properties; one built to PassivHaus standards (using Val-U-Therm and based on the award winning Kingdom House - the first PassivHaus for rent in the UK) and the other built to current Building Regulations (using conventional open panel timber frame).
One guest of Val-U-Therm at the showcase will be Lynne Sullivan OBE, Principal Architect, sustainableBYdesign and Chair of Panel into the Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland. Lynne notes: “I am delighted that all these excellent examples of sustainable construction such as Val-U-Therm are being highlighted at the Housing Innovation Showcase. These exemplars promote the FabricFirst route to deliver the Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland as proposed in the report of the expert panel I was proud to chair for the Scottish Government”.
The Showcase project features an Exhibition Period where all the houses will be open for viewing in the 3 weeks following their completion and, throughout the second half of May, there will be a series of Education Days for housing and construction professionals. At 10.30 on these days of the showcase, a talk on the benefits of Val-U-Therm will be given by Campion Homes/Scotframe/Val-U-Therm.
Overall, the Housing Innovation Showcase will feature 27 houses built by ten partners. The other properties in the Showcase will feature a wide range of other sustainable building technologies and approaches. The project is a partnership between Kingdom Housing Association and Fife Council with support from Fife Construction Forum and Green Business Fife.
To measure the success of the various house systems, it is Kingdom's intention to carry out a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation study over a long-term period. According to organisers the outcomes will enable them to compare the “as built” performance against the predicted design outputs and obtain tenant feedback. The evaluation outcome reports will be made available later in the year.
The project is located at Dunlin Drive in Dunfermline. For more information see the project website www.housinginnovationshowcase.co.uk