Eight Key Benefits Of Using Brick-Faced Cladding
Brick-faced cladding panels are fully-warranted with a design life guarantee of 50 years minimum and scope to increase this to 100 years. Design, manufacture and installation follows the long-established BSI standards BS 7543 (Durability of buildings and building elements, products and components), BS EN 1990 (Basis of structural design), BS 8500 (Guidance for concrete specification) and BS 8297-2017 (Design manufacture and installation of architectural precast concrete).
2. Fire safety
Materials and designs used meet the requirements of the Building Regulations, NHBC and other insurance providers. Non-combustible insulation materials applied to the internal face of the panels in buildings over 18m also achieves full compliance. If necessary, firestops can be accessed following panel installation.
3. Steel Framing Systems (SFS)
With smart and early integrated design the dead-load applied from a precast panel scheme can be significantly reduced. The ability for precast to self-support and retrain back to primary structural members, whilst incorporating the load of other building components such as windows. Removes the need for secondary structural windpost and additional Steel Framing Systems (SFS).
4. Time and cost certainty
Construction programmes can be up to 50% less when using brick-faced cladding instead of traditional brickwork. Without delays caused by shortage of bricklayers or weather, time and cost certainty are guaranteed.
5. Fewer site trades
No external scaffolding is required, unlike for traditional brickwork. Door units, windows and insulation can be installed in the factory. For main contractors, far less supervision and management time is required.
6. Reduced waste
With brick-faced cladding, there is no on-site storage required as panels are lifted off specially-adapted delivery vehicles directly onto the building. There is no packaging to dispose of and little site waste, meaning no need for skips and associated hire costs.
7. Health and safety
The working at height risks of traditional brickwork are eliminated. Panels are lifted into position by crane and finishing is carried out using MEWP or cradle access. Once the cladding is installed, the internal trades are protected from the weather. Noise levels are minimised, a benefit both for site workers and neighbours.
The finishing of brick-faced cladding is of high quality as the panels are manufactured in a controlled factory environment. Mortar joints can be pointed in the mould, while panel to panel joints can be kept to a minimum of 10mm, creating the appearance of traditional brickwork on the finished building.