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Shropshire Timber Frame Specialist Wins National Award

A Shropshire timber frame specialist has received national recognition for its role in creating a £2 million low-energy social housing development.

The Marton-based Lowfield Timber Frames (LTF), was crowned the winner of the Low Energy Project of the Year at the 2019 Structural Timber Awards, for their work on the flagship Callaughtons Ash Passive House development in Much Wenlock.

Commenting on the award, Managing Director Darren Jarman said: “As a company, we have supplied many schemes which adopt the principle, but this is the first to achieve recognition, which is fantastic.

“We are now working on other low-energy schemes, including a new school in Welshpool, and we envisage the Passive House side of the business to grow significantly in the next few years.

“There has been a seismic shift during the last 12 months among the private and public sector to drive down carbon footprint and improve sustainability dramatically, and we see creating more low-energy sustainable homes and other buildings throughout the Midlands and Wales a key factor in driving down the region’s overall carbon impact.”

The innovative, low-energy social housing scheme of Callaughtons Ash was commissioned by the South Shropshire Housing Association as part of its commitment to sustainability.

LTF developed a Larson Truss timber system, especially for these new homes, to help improve the overall energy performance and achieve the Passive House certification.

The Passive House standard is the most rigorous building performance standard in Europe, and in the UK this type of low-energy home is gaining lots of attention.

LTF who employs over 100 members of staff, led the projects design, manufacture and installation for each of the affordable homes, and worked alongside the architects and main contractor to deliver the project.

Featured Image: Steve Penrose, Tim Morris and Darren Jarman of Lowfield Timber Frames receive the Low Energy Project of the Year Award from Jeremy English of Sodra, at the 2019 Structural Timber Awards.

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