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E&H Building Contractors Ltd are based in Tingwall, seven miles from Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. Our company was established in 1988, the founding partners – Elphinstone and Howarth – then having 35 years experience of house building in Shetland.

Continuous Improvement

House Built By E&H

House Built By E&H

As a company we have a policy of commitment to continuous improvement and are therefore constantly on the lookout for the latest developments in products and services. This research into best practice enables us to provide the homebuyer or homebuilder with the most up to date specifications available.

Building Regulations - 2010 Changes

Significant changes to UK building regulations due to environmental concerns have altered the standards to which houses must now be built.

The Building (Scotland) Act states a need to further the:

  • conservation of fuel and power
  • achievement of sustainable development.

Pioneers of Energy Efficient Construction

First SIP Home in UK
First SIP Home in UK

We are well placed to meet and surpass these building regulations standards, having been pioneers of energy efficient construction methods and designs not just in Shetland but the UK since the mid 1990s.

Our company were the first house-builders in:

  • the UK to build a Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) home - a system that brought a new standard in strength and energy efficiency to timber house construction
  • Shetland to install warm water under-floor heating and whole house heat recovery and ventilation systems. 

Scandinavian Style Housing for Shetland

Over the years our company has also improved and developed building systems for more traditional timber frame housing in Shetland.

In the 1980s Scandinavian homes, with their brightly painted or natural timber cladding and attractive design, were hugely popular.

Using this model, together with high thermal insulation, we produce our own homes in the Scandinavian style but better suited to the unique Shetland climate.

Management Staff

Name Position
Bobby Elphinstone Joint Managing Director
Drewie Manson Joint Managing Director
Joyce Manson Accounts and secretarial
Gareth Elphinstone Architectural technician
Colin Deyell General foreman
David Gille Heating and ventilation services foreman


At Work

Here are some images of E&H Building Contractors at work.

E&H Heating and Ventilation

We provide sustainable, low-energy solutions to all heating and ventilation issues.

Visit our Heating and Ventilation website to find out more...

Benders Roof Tiles
Viking Window
  • Federation of Master Builders logo
  • National House Bulding Council logo
  • ISO 14001 certified
  • ISO 9001 certified
  • ISO 45001 certified