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Building Methods

Light Timber Frames

  • Appearance can range from the ultra modern to the traditional weatherboard house
  • Allows for a range of design solutions to achieve environmentally friendly housing in all climatic zones
  • Low thermal mass
  • Extensive use of plantation grown timber
  • Termite resistant treatments are commonplace
  • Variety of claddings including:
    • Timber weather board
    • New generation fibre cement claddings such as Scyon
    • Natural edge weatherboards such as Radial Sawn Timber
    • Corrugated Iron, Colorbond or Galvanised
    • Manufactured timber board claddings such as WeatherTex
    • Rendered Styrene cladding systems
  • Thermal performance can be very high, depending on the total building system.

Brick Veneer & solid brick

  • A wide variety of natural colours and textures, stable and colour-fast
    • High compressive strength
    • High thermal mass
    • Reverse brick veneer can result in high performing buildings with lower than average energy demands for both heating and cooling
    • Moderate thermal resistance, greatly enhanced by adding foil or bulk insulation
    • Excellent sound insulation, particularly for low frequency noise
    • Clay brickwork does not burn

Mudbrick – single & double skin

  • High thermal mass
  • Very good sound insulation properties,
  • Non combustible
  • Lowest impact of all construction materials in terms of a carbon footprint
  • Need protection from driving rain
  • Should not be exposed to continuous high moisture
  • Improve their thermal performance by creating two skins of wall and insulating the space between

Straw Bale

  • Rendered with cement or earth so that the straw wall is sealed up
  • Built with a Structural frame or as a Load bearing structure
  • Very low thermal mass capability
  • Excellent insulative properties
  • Effective sound insulation
  • Fire resistant if tightly packed and covered effectively with a skin of cement render

Rammed Earth

  • Very strong in compression and can be engineered to achieve reasonably high strengths
  • High thermal mass
  • Very good sound insulation properties
  • Non combustible
  • Usually cement stabilised offering high durability
  • Colour is determined by the earth and aggregate used

Hebel panel (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete)

  • Good compressive strength
  • Moderate overall level of thermal mass performance
  • Very good insulation properties
  • Very good sound insulation
  • Suited for fire-rated applications
  • Requires coating to inhibit moisture pentration
  • AAC building systems may have lower embodied energy per m2 than a concrete alternative

 

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