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Val-U-Therm to Extend Sponsorship of Fabric First Events


Following five successful Fabric First events in Scotland, Val-U-Therm is to sponsor three more of the sustainable building seminars in England.
“We had a great response to the events we supported in 2012,” says Val-U-Therm’s Managing Director Bryan Woodley. “We’re really excited to be playing the same role for the next series of meetings that will take place south of the border.”
The Fabric First Events are a series of conferences organised by the Wood Studio in conjunction with the UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) and the Forest Products Research Institute of Edinburgh’s Napier University. The upcoming events will be held in London, Birmingham and Manchester in the spring.
“Overall, the events highlight the benefits of using a fabric first approach, with timber frame as the core fabric of a building, to achieve requirements ranging from meeting Building Regulations, through higher levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes, to PassivHaus,” explains Woodley. “For us, they are an opportunity to highlight the exceptional performance of our closed-panel building system.”
At the seminars Woodley will be discussing a series of Val-U-Therm case studies. These highlight the space heating costs of various Fabric First solutions, show how Val-U-Therm and the Fabric First approach can be used for volume construction projects and give cost comparisons between Val-U-Therm and renewables solutions. Woodley will also run through interesting performance data from the first PassivHaus for the affordable housing market.
According to the organisers, the Scottish Fabric First events were a great success with over three quarters of delegates reporting that they had introduced them to new information. The events attracted a significant number of architects, engineers and local authority representatives. It is expected that the events in England will be equally popular. (Presentations are available for download from
To back-up the Fabric First message Val-U-Therm is also organising a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events for architects, engineers and construction professionals in Scotland. Val-U-Therm can provide these seminars in a client’s offices if required.
To register your interest in the Fabric First Events or in CPD seminars contact Bryan Woodley (

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