Thermohaus Technical Partners
Norscot Joinery Limited is a family owned business established in 1984 by chartered surveyor Peter Body and his wife Teda. With the founders now retired the business is ably run by Managing Director Callum Grant, Technical Director Jason Fraser, Production Director John-Paul Body and Finance Director Carrie Body.
The company’s headquarters are its Bower Workshops in Caithness where it owns some 30,000 square feet of modern factory, offices and showroom, set in over 2 acres.
The factory is equipped with sophisticated computer controlled machinery which, together with the skilled workforce, produces the widest range of building components and related products available from a single source anywhere in Scotland.
Their product portfolio includes a range of standard timber frame kit homes; made-to-measure windows, doors, patios and conservatories in white, woodgrain and coloured uPVC finishes and engineered timber available in a variety of coloured factory finishes ; made -to-measure Aluwood (an aluminium clad timber composite window system) windows and doors available in any RAL coloured factory finish and a sliding mirror door system. Norscot also offer a bespoke timber frame kit manufacturing service to clients with their own designs and independent kit home designers such as Thermohaus.
To promote and distribute their products outwith Caithness, they own a purpose built showroom, sales office and storage facility on the Carse Industrial Estate in Inverness.
Norscot’s customer base for windows and doors mainly comes from the domestic, retail, trade and public market sectors from the Shetland Isles in the north to the central belt in the South and from the Outer Hebrides in the west to Aberdeen in the east. House kits have been supplied throughout the UK and as far away as Ireland, France and Spain
The company currently employs over 60 staff and generates an annual turnover in excess of £5 million. Their quality assurance scheme is accredited to the internationally recognised ISO 9001 standard and all products comply with relevant British Standards. They are also full members of the Timber Research & Development Association (TRADA) and the Structural Timber Association (STA). Norscot have supplied over 1,000 house kits to self-builders.
Over the years Norscot has built up a strong capital base and now has the financial resources to provide and maintain the highest level of customer service. For further information please visit their website.
RDI Renewables Ltd is another family owned business based in Caithness. Run by Ryan Pollard and his wife Siobhan. RDI Renewables Ltd are the one stop shop for accredited energy saving renewable systems in the Scottish Highlands. They provide specialist services to country estate, commercial and domestic premises with solutions to cover large, multiple and individual properties.
As MCS accredited installers RDI can provide MCS certified systems that attract Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. They provide design, installation and accreditation services for air source heat pumps, solar thermal, solar PV, biomass, stoves, gas and oil systems. They also provide mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) systems.
RDI rightly pride themselves on the quality of the systems they deliver, the workmanship of their installation engineers and the support thereafter. RDI can provide references on request. RDI are accredited by the following organisations: MCS, HETAS, Gas Safe and OFTEC. For further piece of mind RDI are also members of the Home Insulation & Energy Systems Quality Contractors Scheme which is a Trading Standards Approved Code.
As building regulations require homes to be better insulated and more airtight, the need to integrate heating and ventilation systems into the kit home design becomes more of an imperative. Thermohaus work closely with RDI to ensure we achieve the right balance. According to a market study we spend, on average, over 90% of our lives indoors. Creating and maintaining a comfortable and healthy environment inside the home is, therefore, far more important than whatever is going on outside! Thermohaus will specify a combination of air-to-air heat pump, solar PV and MVHR technologies (all of which are relatively low cost and low maintenance), working in harmony, to achieve the perfect heating and ventilation system for each individual home design.