Stewart Milne Timber Systems, has completed work on Scotland’s first AIMC4 properties at Portlethen, Aberdeenshire. The company supplied and erected the timber frames for two low carbon homes at Stewart Milne Homes’ flagship Leathan Fields development.
The detached properties are being built as part of the pioneering AIMC4 project, which was created to research and deliver mass market Code Level 4 homes using a fabric-first approach. As well as Portlethen, Stewart Milne Timber Systems will also be supplying and erecting other AIMC4 homes at developments in Prestonpans, West Lothian and Preston, Lancashire.
Following an AIMC4 consortium, UK-wide, tender process, Stewart Milne Timber Systems was selected to fulfil the contract due to its expertise in the field of sustainable building. Using a high specification closed panel build system, the build process benefitted from the offsite construction of all wall panels, pre-fitted with external doors and windows, and pre-insulated floor and ceiling cassettes. This allowed the company to erect the timber frame effectively and make both properties weather tight while achieving initial air-tightness of below 3 and 4 m3/hr/m2@ 50Pa.
Gary Yeoman, sales and marketing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems said: “The AIMC4 consortium is breaking new ground in its approach to sustainable building and we are very excited to be involved in the project. We are constantly pushing boundaries within our own R & D operations and the AIMC4 project gives us a further opportunity to demonstrate our skills and expertise in developing the next generation of low carbon building solutions.”
AIMC4 is a £6.4m project, with £3.2m investment from the consortium partners, matched with £3.2m from the Technology Strategy Board. The consortium comprises five members: developers, Stewart Milne Group, Crest Nicholson Plc and Barratt Developments Plc; plus H+H UK Ltd and BRE.