Enquiries from architects and developers about new apartment building developments has increased significantly over the past year or so for Eurobrick Systems. Traditional masonry construction is not always appropriate for some developments so alternative building methods are being sought.
Eurobrick is the UK’s leading brick slip cladding specialist and has supplied both its X-Clad and P-Clad systems for installation on residential developments. Both systems have been rigorously tested and have third party certification from the BBA (British Board of Agrément) and are also LABC (Local Authority Building Control) registered.
X-Clad is lightweight, having an installed system weight starting from 36kg/m². It is easy to handle and cut on-site allowing for quick installation. The extruded polystyrene backer panel is available up to 100mm thick. With a thermal conductivity of 0.033W/mK, X-Clad can enhance the overall thermal performance of the development if required.
The P-Clad system has a 10mm thick cement particle board backer panel – designed to be fixed directly to battens or bracket systems. It was developed for use as an external sheathing where there is no requirement for insulation. P-Clad is certified for installation on buildings over 18m high (constructed with steel frame substrate).
Eurobrick Systems has recently had an assessment report of the P-Clad system in combination with Nvelop helping hand and rail system and Xtratherm Safe-R Phenolic insulation board. This combination of materials was assessed by BRE Global against the performance criteria of BR 135. The assessment paves the way for P-Clad to be installed where greater insulation performance needs to be achieved at high level.
This assessment forms part of an ongoing programme at Eurobrick to ensure fire performance compliance with a range of different façade build ups incorporating P-Clad. This programme has arisen as a result of Eurobrick receiving a great number of enquiries from developers and contractors, for applications of P-Clad above 18m in various situations. Other assessments and variations should soon be in place.
Residential developments where X-Clad and P-Clad systems have been recently installed include; The Central at Iverson Road, West Hampstead and The Point at Gants Hill, Ilford. Both are large, new build developments of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments.