Using weberwall brick to help exceed Future Homes Standard – part two: site installation

Operating as sustainably as possible is incredibly important to us at Saint-Gobain Weber and we are always looking for new opportunities to work on lightweight, energy efficient projects. 

Here, in the second of a two-part blog series, Kelvin Green, senior product marketing manager at Weber, discusses the installation of 41 affordable energy-efficient homes in Lincolnshire built using modern methods of construction (MMC). 

weberwall brick and LoCaL Homes onsite installation

Platform Housing Group is one of the clients exploring the benefits of MMC when it comes to affordable housing. 

It has worked with offsite manufacturer LoCaL Homes to create 41 affordable energy-efficient homes in Kirton, Lincolnshire.

The development, comprising a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, includes six bungalows built to meet the Future Homes Standard set to come into force in 2025 – a first for the housing association.

From factory floor to final foundations

Once the panels had been finished with weberwall brick at the LoCaL Homes factory in Walsall, they were transported to the site on London Road in Kirton, 100 miles away.  

This is where the panels were craned into position on the concrete slab bases, which had been laid previously, and assembled by a team from Twigden-Kaye Joinery and Construction. The panels lock together with a simple tongue and groove fixture. 

By elongating the panels, as opposed to making two smaller ones, LoCaL Homes has helped to reduce the time on site as it means only lowering one panel into place. Early engagement between clients and suppliers helped to identify possibilities such as this to save time and increase efficiency on site. 

Benefits of weberwall brick for MMC

Being far lighter than traditional brick slip systems, weberwall brick is not only easier to transport but also places less stress on the frame and foundations. Over the course of a square metre, it is 20kg lighter than a traditional brick skin, which over 100sqm equates to the equivalent of two tonnes. 

By using LoCaL Homes’ closed panel system complemented by weberwall brick, the main contractor – Burmor Construction – greatly reduced the need for other equipment and materials on site. This was especially important as the bungalows were completed during the final phase of the project and space was limited owing to their location on site. As a result, there was also a reduction in the movement of traffic and transportation.

Part two - Site Installation

weberwall brick Using weberwall brick to help exceed Future Homes Standard - Part two: site installation

To read more about the Kirton development and how weberwall brick was applied at the LoCaL Homes factory, take a look at part one of this news series here

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