For the offsite sector, the focus is not jus on building efficiently but also constructing healthy buildings. To achieve both aims, offsite manufacturers need to be able to rely on their supply chain partners to make sure every aspect of a build is as streamlined as possible. Close and early collaboration is key, as the fabric first approach can deliver better performance when important ‘hidden protectors’ are designed in from the start.
Building Product Design Ltd, which encompasses three subsidiary companies – Glidevale Protect, Passivent and Kingfisher Louvres, is an excellent example of this industry collaboration in practice and as Adam Ford, director of technical & marketing at Building Product Design Ltd explains, the company has developed a package of specialist support and healthy solutions tailored specifically for the offsite sector.
Design and consultancy
Building Product Design combines innovation and technical expertise with almost 40 years’ experience as a supply chain partner. A fabric first approach relies on early engagement with building materials manufacturers to make buildings more sustainable from the outset – a responsibility Building Product Design takes seriously which is why we’ve developed our tailored consultancy service for offsite manufacturers.
We’re proud to offer specialist support to meet the unique challenges of the offsite manufacturing process. This means working closely with modular partners including manufacturers of structural timber, CLT, SIPS, light gauge steel and hybrid frame systems to ensure its products are suited to offsite construction. Optimising materials delivery direct into factories and supplying a unique combination of high performance construction membranes as part of a closed panel system, are other ways that we’re able to support the offsite manufacturing process and we work closely with offsite manufacturers to enhance the pre-manufactured value (PMV) of the overall construction. We’re also able to offer timed deliveries to fit into often rigid offsite construction programmes, as well as undertaking site visits and providing airflow calculations, thermal modelling, U-value calculations and condensation risk analysis as part of its early design support.
As members of the Structural Timber Association, Modular & Portable Building Association, Offsite Alliance and Irish Timber Frame Manufacturers’ Association, Glidevale Protect is also helping to support the future growth and development of offsite technologies, product innovation and best practice.
Manufacturing innovative products and building healthy solutions
Building Product Design’s extensive product range from our three subsidiaries – Glidevale Protect, Passivent and Kingfisher Louvres – are all designed to meet strict environmental criteria and create buildings which are pleasant places to live or work in.
The range encompasses products for thermal efficiency, airtightness, ventilation and condensation control, making them ideal for offsite projects in the residential, education, commercial and public sectors.
Our products are manufactured in our two UK factories and have all been developed specifically for UK and Irish requirements under the ISO 9001 quality standard. We’re also accredited to the international health and safety standard ISO 45001 and environmental standard ISO 14001. A number of our products are accredited to BM TRADA for extra peace of mind. As a manufacturer, we’re committed to innovation and are continuously investing in our range to meet current and future regulations and in so doing also respond to the needs of the market as it evolves.
Above all, we’re proud to work as a partner to the offsite sector, understanding the specific challenges this method of construction brings and offering solutions to fit.