In addition to our timber frame design and manufacture, we also offer a variety of technical and design services. We are able to help Self-Builders at all points during the process of their project including the very start when they are just looking for information. Use the table below to display further information on the services that may be of interest to you.
Norscot have an in house design team with many years of experience in providing Architectural Services for our customers, especially self-builders.
We not only provide both Design Concept, Planning and Building Warrant drawings it is also possible for us to make the relevant applications on your behalf.
Norscot prides itself in offering assistance and guidance to the the self-builder at all stages of their project covering everything from finding sites, costings, discussing house designs and sourcing contractors so please feel free to contact our sales or design teams at any time.
Norscot have developed a method of bringing Virtual Realty and 360 degree panoramic visualisations to your home or phone. As part of our design process we can not only create accurate and graphic drawings of your home it is also possible to view your design in VR or panoramic pictures using web based technology via your phone, tablet or PC. Please click on the pictures below to try them out for yourself.
Floor plans, 3D renderings, and models are often used to convey an idea for a particular space within a design, but even these approaches — a staple of architectural design — can fail to effectively communicate ideas with clients.
This is where our VR services come into their own. As an immersive technology, we can transport our clients into a fully interactive 3D environment, giving them the opportunity to explore a virtual representation of a particular room, floor, or building design as a whole
Key benefits of incorporating VR into the design process
– Seeing versus predicting
The most obvious advantage of using VR is that our clients can see the end result of the design before it has been built. This allows us to look at the home in great detail at an early stage, helping to grasp its complexities much more comprehensively.
– Better space visualisation
It is rare for people to be able to replicate the spatial characteristics of a given environment in our mind’s eye – making it inevitable that corrections and adjustments to a design will always take place. VR changes the game in this respect. Being able to virtually inhabit the space gives our clients a very precise idea of the spatial qualities of their project, including the relationships between spaces and the way in which, for example, light and sound operate within them.
– Massive savings
The use of immersive technology saves time – the ability to build the project virtually means that design glitches and unforeseen problems are seen and caught earlier, long before the project reaches building stage, thus preventing needless delays. This also leads to substantial financial savings in reduced labour, capital and material costs, as well as saving on the environmental waste caused by having to correct problems, spend longer on site, etc.
What are SAP calculations?
A SAP rating is the calculation that is required in order to produce a Predicted Energy Assessment and an On Construction Energy Performance Certificate.
Building Regulations require that a SAP calculation and a Predicted EPC is submitted for new dwellings prior to the commencement of work.
A SAP calculation indicates a score from 1 to 100+ for the annual energy cost based on:
– The elements of structure
– The heating and hot water system
– The internal lighting
– The renewable technologies used in the home.
The higher the score the lower the running costs, with 100 representing zero energy cost. Dwellings with a rating in excess of 100 are net exporters of energy.
What is a U-Value?
U-values measure how effective a material is as an insulator. The lower the U-value, the better the material is as a heat insulator.
U-values are generally used to describe the thermal performance (heat loss) for a section of construction that involves several materials – such as a floor, wall or ceiling. They are used as a general guide to the performance of a building element.
It is generally accepted that the lower the U-value of an element of a building’s fabric, the more slowly heat is able to transmit through it, and so the better it performs as an insulator. Very broadly, the better (i.e. lower) the U-value of a buildings fabric, the less energy is required to maintain comfortable conditions inside the building.
An EPC is a certificate that shows how energy-efficient your property is. The document includes estimated energy costs, as well as a summary of your home’s energy performance-related features. EPCs also include recommendations on measures that would make your home more energy-efficient, along with estimated costs for implementing the changes and the potential savings you could make. Your property will be given an energy-efficiency grade between A and G, with A being the best – ie most energy-efficient – and G being the worst. undefined New-build homes tend to have high EPC ratings, while older homes often have lower ratings of around D or E. The average EPC rating for a home in the UK is D.
Homeowners in Scotland are required to display the EPC somewhere in their property, for example by the boiler.
EPCs are valid for 10 years.