Work with us
We believe in order to maximise the benefits of our system and Advanced Housing Manufacture, a strategic partnership between you, LoCaL Homes, the contractor and design team is essential.
With over 100 years combined experience in manufacture, low carbon construction, innovative award-winning design and research and development, our people are best-placed to support the delivery of your next development. As well as external customers, we continue to build for our parent, Accord Housing Association. The solutions we provide our customers are the same as we build for ourselves, which means we have designed and developed our systems with the asset value, product lifecycle and maintenance requirements in mind.
We work in partnership with developers, housing providers and local authorities. We deliver high quality, high performance homes across the UK. We have four ways in which we can work together:
- Direct specification
- Contractor partnership
- LHC framework
- Licence opportunities
As a not-for-profit organisation, you also benefit from the social-added value we bring. Working with us, you can evidence how your purchasing power has contributed to improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of people. We operate on social enterprise principles, employing local people, upskilling and training those previously unemployed and plough our surpluses back into the community.
To find out more, please contact our business UK Sales Manager on 0300 111 7002 or email Michael.Corless@localhomes.org.uk
Frequently asked questions
What are the main benefits of building timber homes?
There are a number of benefits. The system is efficient to manufacture with reduced waste and uses significantly less carbon in both manufacture and in use. It also offers lower energy bills for residents. The off-site manufacture process reduces costs and potential for defects and allows for higher levels of insulation and greater air tightness. When combined with a whole house ventilation system with heat recovery, this produces a warm and comfortable environment. In addition, the system is fast to erect on-site and to complete. External panels can be erected in one day.
The homes are made from timber. Isn’t that a fire hazard?
Open timber frame homes can be susceptible to fire during the construction process. We counteract this by using a closed panel system that utlises a fire retardant board as opposed to a partially built open timber frame system, which is known to be more vulnerable to fire during the construction process. We are one of the first companies in the UK to use the closed panel system.
How well insulated are they?
The Eco 200 homes are incredibly well insulated with 200mm of insulation in the wall panels. We achieve a 'U' value of around 0.18 as opposed to 0.35 under current building regulations. This insulation will result in heating bills far lower than those of traditionally built homes.
How much does one of these homes cost to run per year?
The Eco 200 homes cost less than half of what it costs to run a traditionally built house.
What are the different types of cladding available?
The Eco 200 system offers the flexibility for these homes to be clad with almost every material. Visit our gallery to see a wide range of the properties we have produced.
How much do these houses cost?
These homes currently cost no more than a traditionally built home, but have a much better performance.
Can I get a mortgage on one of these houses?
We have Council of Mortgage Lenders approval so getting a mortgage would not be a problem.
Where does the timber come from?
The timber that we use is grown in Scandinavia. Due to the climate there, the timber grows straight and dense and is therefore of the highest quality. It is Forest Stewardship Council certified.
Are we damaging the environment by cutting down trees to build the homes?
When a tree grows it locks in carbon from the atmosphere. When the trees are cut down they are replaced with more trees. Our factory is designed to minimise timber waste in manufacture.
Surely transporting timber to the UK will have an impact on your carbon footprint?
Yes, transporting timber from Scandinavia will produce some carbon. However, more carbon is produced transporting completed homes than it is by simply shipping timber. Therefore, we will actually be saving carbon compared to importing homes.
Timber for construction is commonly sourced from Scandinavia, as timber in the UK is not of a suitable quality or density for building these kinds of homes.
What Code for Sustainable Homes level do these houses achieve?
We can supply homes that meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level four, five and six at highly competitive costs.
Do they meet Passivhaus standards?
The homes are not designed to specifically meet Passivhaus standards but they certainly follow the principles of Passivhaus.
Are these homes London Design Guide compliant?
When they are delivered to site, what do they look like?
The Eco 200 homes are delivered to site in panels with the insulation in place, the external cladding fitted and windows and external door frames installed.
How long does it take to erect one of these houses?
A house can be erected in one day and will typically comprise of eight panels.
What is the life span of one of these homes?
Just like traditional masonry constructed homes, timber homes have a guaranteed life span of 60 years. However, as we know, masonry homes often last longer than 60 years in reality as do timber homes which have been around in Norway for hundreds of years.
Do they come with a guarantee?
The homes we have previously imported from Norway come with the same warranty as masonry built homes which is 10 years. The homes we will be producing at the factory will meet or even exceed this warranty.
We’ve had problems with timber framed houses in England before – don’t they rot?
The timber framed houses of the 1970s have nothing in common with the product that we are manufacturing. We are using a factory manufactured closed panel system with high levels of insulation. The completed homes will be fitted with a whole house ventilation system with heat recovery which ensures a warm, dry and comfortable internal environment with no damp or potential for mould.
Will there be higher rates to pay for buildings and contents cover because the homes are made from timber?
No. Timber framed homes are now commonplace.
How many will you produce in a year?
We can produce 600 homes per year across three shift patterns, but we have the capacity to increase this to meet an anticipated rise in demand.
Do you manufacture the whole house in the factory?
We can manufacture the external wall panels, the internal wall frames and floor cassettes. We have the facility to install plumbing and wiring into the panels and to fit internal boarding to the main panels.
Do you secure land for people?
The Government is keen to see local people working together to build their own homes and so are we. We are happy to work with groups of people who may want us to act as facilitators to identify land, design, manufacture and build homes using our entire team and expertise.
What is the minimum you would produce for one site?
The minimum would be six homes.