NBT Salutes Veteran Self-Build Scheme

Woodfibre insulation specialist, NBT, has supplied solutions from its Pavatex insulation range for an innovative scheme designed to provide both skills and homes for veterans.

Ex-servicemen in North Wales have been involved in the construction of a development of sixteen apartments in Wrexham, working with residential developer, Williams Homes, and First Choice Housing Association; a social housing provider that serves Wales and Shropshire and specialises in meeting the needs of veterans, people with disabilities and those with complex additional needs.  The project has been supported by The Community Self Build Agency (CBSA) charity and is the first of its kind in Wales.

Williams homes specialises in low carbon, timber frame homes and regularly specifies insulation solutions from NBT’s Pavatex range as an effective approach to ensuring build quality and high standards of thermal performance, while complementing the company’s environmental goals. The homes built by and for the veterans involved in the scheme follow this model of timber frame construction and woodfibre insulation, providing the ex-servicemen with a comfortable living environment all year round and valuable installation skills.

Comments Owain Williams from Williams Homes: “People still associate environmentally-responsible construction with expensive, high end projects but this scheme demonstrates the viability of timber construction and woodfibre insulation for social housing.

“NBT provide the ideal partner for our timber frame buildings and the environmental focus of this scheme complements the social value embedded in its ethos.”

Diffutherm and Pavatherm Combi, from the Pavatex range have been used as part of the wall build up on the self-build apartments scheme, creating a thermal wrap for the buildings that will help each apartment stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer, contributing to low running costs for residents.

Andy Mitchell from NBT adds: “We were really excited to be involved as a supplier to this scheme because it addresses the two fundamental requirements needed to help the veterans involved get back on their feet: somewhere to live and employable skills.

“Now that the project is complete, it’s clear that the scheme has also provided confidence building, camaraderie and opportunities for collaboration and we are proud to have played a small part in facilitating those positive outcomes.”

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