Meet the team

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Meet the team2018-11-09T16:09:19+00:00

The team at Eden Insulation are skilled craftsmen dedicated to producing the highest quality Passivhaus frames. Some of us have worked in construction for many years, while others have found their way into Passivhaus building from backgrounds as diverse as railway engineering, retail and steel fabrication – all bringing a range of skills to the team.

Stephen Gurney
Stephen GurneyManaging Director
After many years’ working in the materials supply sector for Passivhaus and low-energy buildings, Stephen went into partnership with the company founder Trevor Lowis at Eden Insulation in 2016. Together they took on the challenge of building high-quality timber frames with the rest of the team. On Trevor’s retirement in spring of 2018, Stephen assumed full responsibility for the company.

“As a specialist in Passivhaus materials, I’ve travelled the whole of the UK visiting many building sites, and saw a lot of different concepts. During this time, I never came across an approach to Passivhaus that worked as well as Eden Insulation’s modular timber-frame panels. In fact, I liked it so much I decided to join Trevor at the firm!”

David Swaby
David SwabyStock control, panel fabrication, frame installation on site
David joined Eden Insulation in 2013 after an earlier career in retail.

“I like the idea of saving in energy in the buildings we make. I enjoy meeting our clients on site and knowing that we’re giving them a house that will save them money and do our bit for the environment.”

Paul Lowden
Paul LowdenSpecialist Warmcel installer, panel fabrication, frame installation on site
Paul joined Eden Insulation 1998, with a background in the railways.

“I particularly enjoy going out on site and seeing a frame come together after weeks of working on the panels in the workshop. We manage to achieve impressive results with our u values and airtightness, but it takes a lot of constant measuring in the factory. It’s also been satisfying to improve our processes and materials in the factory over time, to become as efficient as we are now.”

Harry Walker
Harry WalkerQualified forklift operator, factory panel fabrication and onsite timber frame erector
Harry, joined Eden Insulation in April 2018, gaining experience working in the specialist area of low-energy timber frames. He has worked previously in steel fabrication and is one of our skilled fork lift drivers.

“I love getting onto site and seeing all our hard work from the factory coming together into some amazing builds.”

Andrew Wappett
Andrew WappettPanel fabrication, frame installation on site
Andrew is a time-served bench joiner with 30+ years experience of working in the trade.
Andrew has really enjoyed a different approach to building houses and is interested in the environmental aspect of fabricating low energy houses.
Philip Gates
Philip GatesPanel fabrication, frame installation on site
Philip is a time-served joiner who has been in the building industry since leaving school 26 years ago. He is working on panel fabrication and his joinery skills are invaluable when we are on site erecting the timber frames. “I found that Eden Insulation has a completely different approach in comparison to anything I had done before. It now makes complete sense to me to build in this way and it is definitely the future of building in the UK.”
Jo Gurney
Jo GurneyOffice Manager
Jo joined Eden Insulation in 2017. Jo has 20 years experience of working in finance and administration with a broad range of companies.
Jo likes working for a family business with an ethical heart.
Stephen Crichton
Stephen CrichtonStephen Crichton Chartered Architect Ltd
Stephen produces the architectural drawings for the individual panels that make up Eden Insulation’s Passivhaus frames.

“I’ve been working with Stephen for more than a decade, and he’s been a valued contributor to our technical and design team. He has produced panel designs to facilitate manufacture of buildings of all sizes and types, including domestic, commercial, college and school projects.” Trevor Lowis

www.stephencrichtonarchitect.co.uk

Trevor Lowis
Trevor LowisConsultant - retired company founder
Trevor’s background was in traditional construction.

“I wanted to do something on the greener end of the spectrum, a better standard of build, using more environmentally-friendly materials and achieving better energy performance. After starting out with a stick-build method, it’s been a steady progression to culminate in the Passivhaus model we use today.”