UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gets up close and personal with MiTek’s Posi-Joist and Roof Truss system at West Carclaze Garden Village

Boris Johnson tried his hand at fitting roof tiles on a visit to one of the UK’s most sustainable housing developments at West Carclaze Garden Village in St Austell, ahead of the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay.

West Carclaze will be net zero by 2050 and is just one of many housing developments in the UK being built using MiTek’s Posi-Joist floor and roof truss systems, provided by Frame Homes.

Once complete the 500-acre site will boast 1,500 homes, a nursery, primary school as well as two solar farms and a wetland nature reserve, to create a healthy, sustainable and inclusive village in harmony with the countryside.

Jimmy Close, MiTek Business Development Director said:

“We’re very excited to be part of the zero carbon homes journey and proud to feature in West Carclaze, thanks to our long-term client Frame Homes.

The project is incredibly green. All houses are timber frame and have been designed with MiTek trusses and Posi-Joist system. Our WoodEngine software, based on Autodesk Architecture Technology, helped immensely with the timber frame design detailing.

Manufactured off-site the fully engineered products speed up construction, reduce waste and can dramatically cut overall build costs.

By moving the design from i-Joist to MiTek’s Posi-Joist system, Frame Homes has been able to significantly reduce waste in support of the schemes impressive sustainability credentials.”

Jimmy added:

“Compared with a traditionally built roof, trussed rafters will typically deliver considerable material savings often using 40% less timber. While Posi-Joists clear span capabilities eliminates the need for load-bearing walls or steel beams and its open web construction provides easy access to services within the floor zone.

Frame Homes 235mm Thermo Hybrid Panel is also enabling the build to achieve impressive U values down to 0.12, making the homes very energy efficient.”

The products will contribute to the new village becoming net zero by 2050, in line with the UK Governments target. By 2122 the scheme will have already saved over 1.1. million tonnes of CO2.

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