Steve and Mel Howarth had exacting requirements for their dream home in Manchester. First and foremost, the couple specified a structural insulated panel construction in order to maximise the benefits of off-site fabrication. They also wanted to achieve maximum heating and ventilation efficiency with low energy costs. Steve said: “Working with PHI Architects who researched the options for us, we identified the Kingspan TEK Building System (TEK) for the structure’s walls and roof. Its core insulation material delivers the high thermal efficiency that we were looking for.” Kingspan subsequently recommended Point1 Building Systems for the design and build with both companies working together to develop a virtually thermal bridge free specification.
A big plus of using TEK was that the Howarths were able to minimise wall thickness and maximise the space available on their narrow plot. Specifically, it enabled a number of design features to be incorporated the layout - a large L-shape living space and first floor rooms with high vaulted ceilings.
In terms of the overall experience, Steve summed it up: “Point1’s service and workmanship was first class, TEK is not only an excellent quality solution, but also represents very good value for money. The result: we have a fantastic, energy efficient Passivhaus home, with a lot of daylight. The feeling of space and openness is exactly what we wanted.”
"We had first class support and guidance from Point1 during the planning and building of our home. Garry and his team worked very hard and did an excellent job; efficiently and on schedule. With such great service and quality workmanship, we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Point1 and would certainly use the company again."
Steve and Mel Howarth, Manchester, January 2017