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Closed panel production in the ScotHaus factory

New Scottish closed panel timber frame factory opens
Published:  09 December, 2010

A new closed panel timber frame factory has opened in Scotland, claiming to be the first UK operation to manufacture “world-class” German housebuilding technology.

The multi-million pound Cumbernauld-based ScotHaus factory, a joint venture between Scotframe Timber Engineering and Precision Engineering Homes, manufactures sealed core intermediate floors, cassette roofs and exterior and interior wall panels, with pre-installed components, including windows, doors, plumbing, electrics and ventilation.

The ScotHaus system promises a reduction in overall build time by around 35-40% compared to traditional methods, with up to 70% of the product manufactured off-site, while thermal performance is billed as more than 40% above current industry standards.

“We have secured forward order commitments, prior to the factory’s opening, with key developers for multiple sites across the UK and have every confidence that interest will significantly increase as the performance and quality of ScotHaus is seen in action,” said Ken Tod, ScotHaus co-founder.

Mr Tod said ScotHaus had worked closely with leading German timber frame house manufacturers, gaining extensive access to their fabrication technologies, which he said were “50 years ahead of the UK market”.

He said ScotHaus had tailored the German system specifically for the UK market.