A Neath-based construction company has just become the only UK company to receive the industry stamp of approval for a product that could reduce heating bills by 90% and cut the time it takes to build a house down from three months to two weeks.
JG Hale Construction has just received approval from the British Board of Agrément (BBA), the body that guides the construction industry around which products to use, for an insulation product called Trisowarm.
If you’re wondering what Trisowarm is, and why it’s revolutionary, the main thing to understand is that it’s a product that uses the same chemicals as regular insulation panels but crucially, comes as a foam.
This means that the foam can be injected in between timber frame panels which form the interior structure of a house, enabling it to get into every nook and cranny. Combined with super tight fitting joints which hold the timber panels together, this makes houses draught-proof and conventional central heating no longer necessary.
Although similar products exist, Trisowarm is the only one with industry approval, making it a viable choice for housing developers.
Jonathan Hale, Chairman of Hale Construction said:
“Trisowarm makes a significant different to a home’s carbon credentials as it enables you to future proof the energy performance and thermal efficiency of a house from the start. And just as importantly, people don’t live in homes with cold spots lying in wait.”
Tests by Swansea University have also shown that timber panels bound by Trisowarm can withstand almost anything. This means that they could form the main structure of a house instead of traditional bricks. The timber panels would just need a layer of cladding on top to complete the house.
This approach would mean that houses could be created almost entirely in a factory and then assembled on site, cutting out weeks of dead time when construction is held up due to wet weather.
“The biggest problem in the UK is the weather. If it’s pouring down with rain, we can’t plaster or do a number of things. But by using Trisowarm, we could complete the whole process; from designing a house to getting it up, within a two-week period.”
Building a high spec home inside a factory also brings a new perspective to the UK’s concept of pre-fabricated houses, currently based on the quirky concrete and steel boxes that popped up after the Second World War and its blitzes.
As Jonathan explains:
“In the UK we think an Englishman’s castle is made of bricks, but it doesn’t have to be. In Scandinavia, North America and Canada for example, homes are traditionally made in a factory before being put up. It makes a lot of sense – it’s just a change of mind-set.”
At present, Hale Construction creates enough panels for 12 homes a week. Unsurprisingly as fuel prices go up and winters get wetter, the company is hoping to significantly increase its production in coming years.