Potential zero energy bills

Into the 21st century: Scotframe takes timber frames to a new level.'Picture: Susann Brown
Into the 21st century: Scotframe takes timber frames to a new level.'Picture: Susann Brown
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Inverurie kit manufacturer, Scotframe, has been granted approval by the British Board of Agrément for Val-U-Therm®, a new type of timber frame building panel which has the capacity to cut heating and energy bills to virtually zero.

The BBA’s Agrément Certificates are only awarded to a construction product or system after it has successfully passed a comprehensive assessment involving laboratory testing, on-site evaluations and inspections of production.

Scotframe was also audited to ensure that a suitable quality management system was in place. Monitoring of the product manufacture by the BBA takes place twice a year with a full and comprehensive reassessment every three years.

The Val-U-Therm® panels – crafted from wood from sustainable sources and saturation-filled with injected polyurethane insulation – have the capacity to virtually eliminate space heating energy bills. They are maintenance-free and designed to last for a minimum of 60 years.

The secret of the new panels is that walls, ground floor and roof panels fit together so perfectly that all cold spots, draughts and warm air leakage are completely eradicated, meaning the house is close to being hermetically sealed.

Bob Edwards, Scotframe Managing Director, said: “The BBA’s certification of Val-U-Therm® is a significant milestone for this excellent product.”