Residential Development: All House Types
Products used: Hi-therm+ Lintels
Housebuilder: Rowland Homes
Rowland Homes ethos is to build quality homes to suit their surrounding location. The house builder has developed a diverse product portfolio of new homes in sought after locations throughout the Northwest, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, and North Wales.
Rowland Homes has been specifying Keystone Lintels since 2002 due to the product quality and technical expertise offered by the Keystone team. In 2014, the house builder needed a solution that would improve the fabric energy efficiency of homes in their Barton Heath development without affecting the aesthetics of the properties.
In 2014, Rowland switched from Keystone standard lintels to Hi-therm lintels for the Bonington house type and apartments at Barton Heath. Keystone’s Hi-therm+ lintels use a patented combination of a polymer isolater and galvanised steel to bond the internal and external walls together by spanning the intervening gap. The polymer isolater provides a powerful thermal break in the lintel helping to eliminate the key thermal bridge. As a result, Hi-therm+ Lintels are up to five times more thermally efficient than a standard steel lintel and are installed in exactly the same way as a standard lintel. The reduced CO2 emissions achieved through this fabric first solution were built-in for the life of the new homes.
Having used Hi-therm in various developments across their portfolio since then and seen the benefits in terms of thermal efficiency as well as cost efficiency, Rowland Homes have taken the decision to switch to Hi-therm on all house types.
“We’ve used Keystone Lintels as a supplier from early as 2002 and in 2014 made the switch to their cost effective Hi-therm+ lintels. We understood then as we do now the importance of adopting a fabric first sustainable design to deliver better performing energy efficient homes. Hi-therm+ lintels are a key component in our approach in working towards the governments net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050.”
Buyer at Rowland Homes