Design-led product innovation

While construction materials such as
timber and steel have been around for
many years, the secret ingredient to
highly energy efficient buildings is the
performance and quality of the insulation.
As Local Homes’ Director of Project
Development pointed out:
“The innovation today lies in the
combination of the materials – that’s
what’s changed”.
Taking inspiration from high performing
timber panel systems used in Norway,
LoCaL Homes began by researching,
importing and testing houses from
overseas to see what design lessons
could be learned for of its own homes.
As the Head of Manufacturing pointed
out:
“we sought to maintain the same
superstructure, whilst adapting the
design to suit the British market”.
LoCal Homes’ two flagship wall
products, the Eco 200 and ECO 100
series, have been designed to precise
tolerances and are extremely thermally
efficient, with ultra-low u-values
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The products can be produced with a
range of external cladding options,
which offer architectural flexibility
and enable customers to select their
own preferred exterior finish without
sacrificing high performance.
Additionally, by using the Autodesk Revit
programme, LoCaL Homes applies tight
controls to maximise thermal building
performance, deliver high quality
workmanship and ensure reduced
waste. Taking this to the next level,
LoCal Homes’ Head of Manufacturing
commented that
“we sought to maintain
the same superstructure, whilst adapting
the design to suit the British market”.
The foundations for future growth
As LoCal Homes’ capacity increases,
the manufacturer is expanding;
working increasingly with other
housing associations, local authorities,
developers and contractors with an
ambition to deliver low carbon housing
schemes across the UK and beyond.
To support its expansion plans, LoCal
Homes has drawn up a warranty-backed
franchise agreement, meaning that its
business model, brand and reputation
can be replicated more widely across
the UK.