NHBC Accepts Scotframe - Case Study

NHBC Accepts is our comprehensive review service for innovative products and systems. 

As an active supporter of safe and sustainable new methods of construction, products, systems and materials, we're using our scale and expertise to help build confidence in innovation.  

If you see the NHBC Accepts logo, you can be sure that we have rigorously assessed that innovative product or system and that we consider it can meet our robust standards, giving confidence to developers, investors, lenders and homeowners. It also demonstrates that, subject to appropriate design and installation, the product or system can be used in homes covered by an NHBC warranty.

In general, the service enables quicker assessment of a home for warranty and reduces the risk to the builder of delays in their project.

Scotframe became one of the first timber frame specialist in the UK to secure an NHBC Accepts mark for its Valutherm+ build system – we speak with Greg Watson, the firm’s Technical Manager to find out more.

“To be accepted by NHBC Accepts, we had to submit detailed and robust technical information about our Valutherm+ build system which was comprehensively reviewed by the NHBC team against their standards.

“It was a very thorough process which we completed in at the start of 2021.

“By securing NHBC Accepts we are able to demonstrate to industry colleagues and customers that our products and systems have been comprehensively reviewed by third party construction and insurance experts and found to be of the highest standard.

“Our pioneering ‘closed’ panel system can be used to efficiently construct all types of housing – private and social -  as well as commercial properties, including schools, hospitals and hotels. 

“The panels are constructed from a precisely-engineered ‘sandwich ‘of sheathing boards, performance membranes and high performance factory-injected insulation. They provide high thermal performance and excellent airtightness in a robust and versatile build system.

“Scotland leads the way in timber frame construction, with 83% of new build homes in Scotland using timber frame, compared to just 23% in England. However, the market share for timber construction in England is rising and we believe that the NHBC Accepts accreditation will support its growth across England over the coming months and years as the sector continues to bounce back from the pandemic.

“We have enjoyed working with the NHBC Accepts team since the turn of the year and would thoroughly recommend the acceptance scheme to other manufacturers and suppliers.”

Scotframe was acquired by Saint-Gobain - a global group with 18,000 employees in the UK - in November 2017, a move which is accelerating its expansion into English markets.

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