Timber framed superstructure erected in 24hrs by crack Austrian team

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The timber framed superstructure arrived this week for our Passive House in Buckinghamshire and was erected and made water-tight in 24hrs

Leading the 4 man team on site, Mario the man who produced the shop drawings according to our production information drawings. He is assisted by the carpenter who led the manufacturing of the frame according to Mario's drawings. They are assisted by two skilled carpenters. Everything runs like clockwork. It's incredibly impressive. The Kaufmann team really close the knowledge gap. We've got to manufacture and build and value vocational expertise like this in the UK.

The beautiful ribbed white spruce structural acoustic beams are installed in a matter of hours

Delivery vehicle and assembly team from the road

Simultaneously the team from Schiedel turned up to install the UK's first prefabricated Passive House chimney for a Passive House log burning stove. In fact this product was launched less than 6 months ago in Germany so this is one of the first installations anywhere. 

The windows arrive on site next week from our usual window manufacturer after a record-breaking production time. This amazing feat of production and delivery was achieved after a late order was forced on us when we were let down by a manufacturer we were trying out for the first time. The other manufacturer announced at a very late stage that delivery would not be possible until the end of November, in spite of knowing that they were needed end of September. Two frantic weeks followed changing all the drawings to suit our normal manufacturer's frames and agreeing all details before production could start. The amazing speed of reaction and production illustrates the benefit of building strong relationships with excellent companies.

Justin Bere


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Very impressive work and just shows what tifference a knowledgable contractor can make. Have the Kaufmanns use Lignotrend products in their floor panels by any chance? Also, would you mind sharing which window company you went for in the end? Always good to hear positive feedback.
Hi Juraj, thank you for your kind comments. Yes we specified Lignotrend in the roof. We also specified Bayer Windows, who have supplied the windows in almost all our PH projects, since they provide an amazing bespoke service including electric opening doors, fire escape doors with crash bars, any form of opening (tilt & turn, tilt & slide, slide etc), wood or alu-clad designs, airtight bespoke copies of historic front doors, with insulation, multi-point locking, airtight seals etc, and they are in the process of launching a sliding sash window which is aiming to achieve PH certification. We supply Bayer windows in the UK through a company called Doublegood, at the same price as they would be in Germany. This makes them very competitive. Currently we only supply to projects run by experienced PH architects or to larger projects. We are currently introducing a commissioning service to help an architect sign off an installation before the architect signs a completion certificate for the building.
Stunning achievement, given the circumstances. It's a shame that as many people appear to be wanting jobs that we can't train-in excellence like this at an early stage over here and create skilled UK craftspeople. That aside, I love your work and the general PassiveHaus idea. I will come calling when I find a plot to build on.