RESIDENTIAL CASE STUDIES
Our sustainable panel system is perfectly suited to one and two storey houses and the energy efficiency of our houses is proving to be a useful marketing tool with developers.
We use a unique form of construction using sustainable materials such as Steico wood fibre insulation and Steico rigid underlay which is used as a wind barrier. We use a breather paper membrane made by Pro Clima and air tightness is achieved by using Pro Clima tape to seal around the windows, doors and any joins. The walls have a standard U-value of 0.19 which gives you an indication of the energy efficiency of the system.
The specification provides high levels of sound insulation. Instead of conventional plasterboard we specify, as standard, Fermacell boarding. Not only does this material have excellent fire resistant qualities but is also extremely hard wearing, durable and damage resistant.
It is worth noting that wood fibre insulation has twice the heat retention capacity of mineral wool and that our Pro Clima membrane prevents the ingress of humid air yet still allows the building to breathe.
We liken our panel system to Gore-Tex which breaths and wicks out any moisture. The same is true for our panel system in that it allows the building to breathe but at the same time prevents humidity from entering. It is difficult to keep a humid building warm.
BUILDING A HOUSE OUT OF PANELS HAS SOME SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES OVER A CONVENTIONAL BUILD:
Not weather dependant – watertight in days; reduced time lines; factory assembled; quality controlled; fewer defects; consistent quality; fewer call backs; reduced snagging; economic use of materials; Low weight; reduced foundation specification; reduced wastage; easy to customise; removes wet trades from the "critical path".
Simple installation of services
Use of sustainable & renewable materials – The majority of the building is prefabricated off site which minimises time and inconvenience on site – this suits holiday time builds. Typically an 80-100m2 building can be completed in 1 month, although this will vary with specification and location.
On projects where timber cladding would not be acceptable we can use brick, timber, render or any other form of external cladding, all of which work well with our system.
We also produce a range of residential lodges which can be customised to suit your requirements.