Oven Creative have just completed the latest edition of UPM’s employee magazine Compass. Produced three times a year in the UK the magazine keeps employees up to date with the latest news and events from UPM both at home and abroad. We manage the artwork, print and distribution of the magazine within the UK incorporating the UK pages with the Global pages produced by Dialogi in Finland.
One feature in the magazine was about Oaklands near Tring in Hertfordshire the world’s first fully printed house which starred in Chanel 4’s Grand Designs, designed by FACIT Homes, an innovative developer led by two industrial designers, they used state-of-the-art IT and cutting technology, FACIT used UPM Plywood’s WISA Spruce as the core component of the building. Panels were cut into pre-configured designed by an on-site CNC machine minimising waste and optimising build time. Once cut the panels were made into large plywood boxes and slotted together quickly. Insulated with old newspapers, the house is extremely energy efficient with the owners stating very low gas requirements and the ability to sell solar energy back to the grid. UPM ProFi Deck was used surrounding the front and rear of the property, the decking was part of an overall approach to create a building with a minimal carbon footprint.
Bruce Bell, MD of FACIT said: “We’re delighted with the outcome. We knew that UPM could deliver high quality sustainable materials and UPM ProFi’s credentials were equally up to the mark. Its provenance in terms of coming from recycled label stock was a clear winner for the owners and FACIT when selecting the landscaping materials.”
UPM also recovered all waste wood on site for combustion in its Combined Heat and Power Plant at UPM Shotton paper mill in North Wales.
Bruce concludes: “This was the icing on the cake for us. A real cradle to cradle approach – and a step to truly low carbon construction.”