Scotframe build system secures NHBC Accepts assurance mark

SCOTFRAME has revealed it has become one of the first timber frame specialists in the UK to secure the NHBC Accepts mark for its Valutherm PLUS build system.

The firm said its closed panel system can be used to efficiently construct all types of housing as well as commercial properties, schools, hospitals and hotels.

Scotframe explained that the panels are constructed from a ‘sandwich’ of sheathing boards, performance membranes and high performance factory-injected insulation.

NHBC Accepts is a review service for systems that builds confidence in the use of offsite construction techniques among developers, manufacturers and end users. Launched last year, it is described as offering a fast-track route to acceptance, in recognition of the growing importance of modern methods of construction.

83% of new build homes in Scotland utilise timber frame, compared to just 23% in England. However, the market share for timber construction in England is rising and Scotframe believes that the NHBC Accepts mark will support its growth plans south of the border.

Greg Watson, technical manager at Scotframe, said, “We had to submit detailed and robust technical information about our Valutherm Plus build system which was comprehensively reviewed by the NHBC team against their robust standards. By securing NHBC Accepts, in addition to our existing BBA certification, 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.”

NHBC innovation manager, Richard Lankshear, commented, “Following a thorough approval process we are delighted to welcome Scotframe’s Valutherm PLUS to NHBC Accepts. An NHBC Accepts certificate is a way of demonstrating that innovative products or systems have already been reviewed thus reducing the risk of delays on site. NHBC Accepts will play a critical role in ensuring developers, manufacturers, lenders and consumers have faith and confidence in the quality of new homes built with innovative forms of construction.”