One of the UK’s biggest manufacturers of timber frame homes, with factories in England and Wales, is making full use of the performance and economic benefits to West Fraser’s SterlingOSB Zero boards, in different thicknesses for a range of applications.
Taylor Lane Timber Frame was established in 1982 and has four factories across three locations in Hereford and in Nantyglo, near Brynmawr in Gwent, producing in excess of 1000 dwellings a year for housebuilders, developers and social housing providers. The company has established a strong reputation for quality and reliability over the past 40 years and with fresh investment from new owner, the Cala Group, is anticipating further growth as it addresses such challenges as affordability and the environmental agenda. In fact, West Fraser values its long-standing partnership with the Cala Group, as Daniel Clarke, Senior Key Account Manager at West Fraser explained,
“As well as SterlingOSB Zero we also supply the Cala Group with CaberDek throughout their builds in England and Scotland. The specification of West Fraser products throughout the divisions of the Cala Group demonstrates the importance of the partnership to both organisations”.
In addition to wall panels, Taylor Lane also produces its own roof trusses and floor cassettes, the latter featuring metal web Posi-Joists fabricated at its Gatehouse Factory in Hereford. The SterlingOSB Zero is primarily used to take the racking loads sustained by both internal and external walls, while the material is also used for roof sarking and as the sub-deck to floor joists within multiple dwelling types.
Taylor Lane’s Construction Director, Liam Hale, commented:
“Timber is the only truly sustainable material to build with, while timber frame is highly engineered and can offer extensive design flexibility it lends itself to an abundance of tastes and property styles, enabling you to meet the most structural and visual requirements, while adhering to the appropriate standards and regulations.
“The main reasons we choose to use SterlingOSB Zero is the dimensional accuracy and quality of the supplied product, making the cutting process for timber frame manufacture seamless. With optimised cutting technology timber frame doesn’t just save you time and labour on site it also reduces skip waste”.
SterlingOSB Zero is available in a range of sizes and thicknesses up to 22mm as well as a T&G version ideal for flooring and decking applications. The high performance, formaldehyde free panel product has also earned BBA approval and meets the requirements of NHBC Technical. Furthermore, being manufactured from UK grown timber using certified renewable energy supplies, and with zero added formaldehyde, SterlingOSB Zero has outstanding environmental credentials.
As is always the case, West Fraser’s experienced technical team is available to aid with product specification
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