Posted on 11/03/2021
From 1 September 2021 we will only be accepting timber frame panels that are deemed accredited in order to ensure high standards of consistency and uniformity.
Our technical requirements ask for such timber frame wall panels to be ‘accredited’ to:
(Note: a standard membership of one of the above is not identified as being ‘accredited’.)
Other requirements of accreditation:
We have noted that a number of manufacturers have chosen not to seek accreditation and do not have adequate ISO 9001 systems in place.
From a warranty perspective, as there is no current harmonised standard for timber frame kits, the need for a recognised industry standard accreditation for the manufacture of timber frame panels is vital to ensure they are constructed to a consistent standard to meet our Technical Manual.
This benefits the industry and the end user – giving peace of mind to the homeowner.
Where a project is to be submitted for our warranty, we are introducing a transition period from now until 1 September 2021, to allow timber frame manufacturers to either:
As part of that accreditation, an ISO 9001 quality management system for the materials supply, design and manufacture will need to be in place by 1 September 2021 by all manufacturers.
After 1 September 2021, we will only accept new projects for warranty application that have timber frame panels by an ‘accredited’ manufacturer or have been assessed by the Warranty Innovations Team as acceptable as meeting our Technical Manual requirements (which will include having an ISO 9001 quality management system in place, as mentioned above).