Sep 17, 2012
Stewart Milne Timber Systems Leads the Way with BOPAS Accreditation
This month sees a new plaudit for Stewart Milne Timber Systems’ award-winning Sigma II Build System with the product achieving accreditation under a ground-breaking assurance scheme.
Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS) is a new initiative, spearheaded by Buildoffsite, Lloyd’s Register and BLP Insurance, with support from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the UK’s four largest mortgage lenders, Santander, Lloyds TSB Group, Nationwide and RBS. It aims to simplify and quicken the process of obtaining mortgages on innovative building systems, providing 60 year assessment durability and high levels of mortgage assurance to give confidence to lenders and homebuyers.
Stewart Milne Timber Systems is the first timber systems manufacturer to achieve the accreditation and one of only six companies to achieve it. In addition, the Sigma II Build System will be recognised as an approved construction system on the forthcoming RICS database under BOPAS.
Alex Goodfellow, Group Managing Director, Timber Systems commented:
“We’re pleased to have achieved BOPAS accreditation for the Sigma II Build System and to be one of the first companies to have done so. This is a pioneering scheme, which gives extra confidence in new, innovative systems. This can only be a good thing for the construction industry as a whole, encouraging new approaches to sustainable building to support future lending.”
“In order to meet ever-increasing environmental standards, properties are being designed and manufactured in new and innovative ways not previously undertaken in the mainstream housing market. BOPAS offers the reassurance that homes built using innovative systems will be recognised by lenders for future generations. We’re very pleased to see the Sigma II Build System will be added to the forthcoming RICS database.”
The Sigma II Build System can achieve an air tightness performance expectation of 3m3/h/m2 @ 50pa. The insulation, designed to achieve U-Value of 0.12 W/m2/k, with low levels of thermal bridging 0.04, offers high water resistance, long term durability, prevents thermal bypasses within the panel cavities, and carries a Green Guide A rating. It has been BOPAS accredited for its design and manufacture.