Highly-insulated timber frame structures are providing protection against the elements for residents of an inter-faith centre on Holy Island, Scotland.

Two dormitory blocks were constructed using Excel Building Solutions’ Tradis EVT technology. With the centre’s residents relying on electricity as a fuel supply, a highly-insulated structural shell was necessary to reduce space heating and keep bills down.

The two-storey blocks were built using 240mm deep EVT wall panels and 220mm roof plates, delivering a U value of 0.14W/m2K and 0.15W/m2K respectively. Masonite Beams measuring 250mm deep were used to create intermediate floors, while the exterior finish was in rendered concrete blockwork.

Bedrooms, a dining room, kitchen and communal areas are all provided in the buildings, which feature room-in-the-roof attic space created by the use of Masonite Beam rafters in the roof plates.