WERBERHAUS, one of Germany’s leading high-quality low carbon house builders, has formed a partnership with Scotframe Timber Engineering Ltd, to facilitate the manufacture of their unique build system in Scotland.
As well as bringing significant investment and jobs into the country, the new partnership will make it easier for individuals, specifiers and architects across the UK to choose one of Europe’s highest quality build systems, which is already fully certified by the UK’s Building Research Establishment and significantly exceeds all current UK building standards.
WeberHaus has a long-standing reputation in creating innovative and highly energy-efficient buildings and the company’s renowned expertise in developing sustainable, low carbon homes is driving its ever-growing market in the UK.
The exclusive WeberHaus UK production licence agreement with Scotframe will include a high level of production and technical support to allow the company to manufacture the award winning closed panel system of housing.
With its significant investment in equipment and a new standalone facility, coupled with the transfer of WeberHaus technology and expertise, Scotframe will be the first and sole company to produce this product in the UK.
Speaking about the announcement, chief executive of WeberHaus, Ralph Mühleck, commented: “The UK market is vital to our growing business, which is why WeberHaus is taking this major step. Our high quality product is ideally suited to Scotland and the UK industry’s commitment to a more sustainable future. This agreement not only makes our product more widely available for UK projects, but enables us to manufacture locally and reduce our miles to market, which is ideal.”
Speaking about the new partnership, managing director of Scotframe, Bob Edwards, said: “The partnership with WeberHaus offers both our companies the opportunity to broaden our horizons and ensure we both remain at the forefront of this growing industry.
“We shall be relocating to a more substantial facility in the Cumbernauld area and investing heavily in additional production machinery and equipment. This will ensure we continue to maintain our reputation for quality and service whilst we manufacture the WeberHaus system alongside our market leading and highly successful timber frame products.”
Ken Tod, director of WeberHaus UK, commented further: “This is an important strategic move for WeberHaus, as well as for Scotframe, making us more competitive in the UK as well as underpinning our activity in both the development and end user markets.
“WeberHaus already has a well established presence in the UK market with a rapidly growing level of business. Working in collaboration with a company of Scotframe’s calibre will allow us to reach our expanding customer base much more efficiently. Our objective is to significantly expand our distribution network with the appointment of new regional partners throughout the UK. These partners will not only open new channels of business but provide an exceptional level of design and technical support to our customers.”
Much of WeberHaus’ UK success to date lies in the design flexibility of its patented build technology: a highly thermally efficient build system which uses closed timber panels, manufactured off site, for the fully-completed walls, floor and roof of a property. All windows and doors are pre-installed in the shell panels, which are then transported to site for erection on a standard foundation slab with the shell of the house wind and watertight in as little as one day. Optimal thermal performance is achieved through the use of triple glazing, an air-source heat pump, a heat recovery and ventilation system and underfloor heating.
Notes to editors
• WeberHaus is an off-site manufactured (OSM) house building system from Germany and builds on 50 years of production experience with over 30,000 WeberHaus homes constructed around the globe. The WeberHaus Scotland team has many years experience of Scottish house design and build.
• Up to 70 per cent of each WeberHaus home system is built under factory controlled conditions, before being assembled rapidly on site and then completed in the normal way. Overall on-site time is reduced by as much as 50 per cent.
• The build system surpasses current Building Standards and Regulations and each home comes with a 30-year guarantee.
• Established over 20 years ago, Scotframe are regarded as one of the leading manufacturers of open and closed panel timber frame systems in the UK. They provide a complete one stop shop for the entire kit package to their many and varied trade and self build customers and have a well deserved reputation in the industry for their technical knowledge, expertise and quality of product.
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