A Suffolk company claims it has become Europe’s first timber frame manufacturer to produce and install its own insulation at source.

Stowmarket-based Cygnum Timber Frame’s new Precision closed panel system, to be unveiled at Ecobuild on March 1-3, features the cellulose insulation – made of 80% recycled paper.

By producing and installing its own cellulose from locally-sourced waste paper, Cygnum says it can deliver complete closed panels to construction sites, minimising overall carbon footprint for builders through reduced transport, packaging and waste.

Cygnum has developed the cellulose manufacturing process as part of the InsulaTFH project funded by the EU ECO-Inovation programme.

It worked with a German equipment supplier and the European Construction Industry Federation to refine the process and for filling timber frame panels to achieve a target U-value of 0.15W/m²K and lower.

This involved the installation of a new production line.

“The manufacture and installation of high performance insulation at our facility is the logical step for closed panel systems as we remain committed to delivering low-energy building solutions,” said John Desmond, Cygnum managing director.