Quality timber at the heart of CSH’s level 5 self-build
JB Red Roofing Battens

Three years ago Peter Mahon bought a sawmill and 750t of Oak trees, with the vision of delivering a unique self-build. Designed to be built to the highest quality standards in the heart of the Sussex countryside, the 9000 square foot Tudor style property was submitted for planning. The house will be heated by a Froling biomass boiler and solar water heaters. All services will be housed in the purpose built, full sized cellar.

In 2012 the oak frame was complete and the house began to take shape. Although Peter wanted to build the house using entirely his own timber, it was clear that to meet the requirements of building regulations some timber would need to be sourced from other suppliers.

Peter comments “The project is an exciting way to showcase both the output of our sawmill and the quality of build that is reflective of our construction company. The overall build will only be as good as the materials and workmanship used to create it. The house is on target to achieve exceptional air tightness and will be the first property in Sussex to achieve level 5 in the Code for Sustainable Homes.”

Around 3 linear kilometres of JB-RED batten, which is graded to BS5534 and preservative treated with a red dye for easy identification by Building Control, was used on Pegden Lodge. As the batten is machine graded during the manufacturing process it’s the safest choice. Self-builders do not need any training on batten grading, it’s delivered ready to install, graded fit for purpose and to the correct standards.

Other timber on the project includes, the timber frame from Pegden Oak and UK locally grown Douglas fir, used for rafters. All offcuts from the sawmill will be used to fire the biomass boiler, hence the sustainable and almost carbon neutral aspect to the build. The extremely low running costs were one of the main drivers for its design. Triple glazed windows, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and solar panels all reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Marley Eternit is the UK’s leading manufacturer of Roofing Battens and we have Europe’s only dedicated Roofing Batten scanning line which includes a computer controlled dedicated laser and camera grading line, to produce battens graded to the performance requirements of BS 5534:2014

All timbers are legally and sustainably sourced and, as members of the Timber Trade Federation, we support the Responsible Purchasing Scheme. Marley Eternit has both FSC and PEFC accreditation.

Quality and Service are our core values and John Brash is ISO 9001:2008 accredited. JB-RED production has been taken a stage further and has the BBA (British Board of Agrement) with UKAS third party accredited product and process certification.

Here at Marley Eternit, we are always on hand to offer practical and experienced support.