Alumasc’s new ventilated facade solution for timber framed buildings

Alumasc has developed a new, innovative facade solution for the timber frame industry.

The Alumasc Ventilated System offers an alternative approach to traditional build, particularly for new build timber framed housing. It provides an engineered, stylish facade solution, with the option of utilising modern off-site construction techniques. The system is designed to provide a fully ventilated cavity, which keeps the timber substrate moisture-free, and is compatible with both render and brick slip finishes.

The Panmure Street development in Glasgow demonstrates the benefits and versatility of using the Alumasc Ventilated System. Taking its name from the historic use of the adjacent canal, the Timber Basin in Panmure Street will provide 108 new homes for Queens Cross Housing Association, available to a mix of social housing tenants and shared equity homes for first-time buyers.

The key driver for the specification of the system was its ability to replicate traditional construction design whilst being adaptable for the closed panel production line. Alumasc Registered Contractor CCG, who has recently invested over £12 million in a state-of-the-art factory, was the off-site manufacturer (OSM) and main contractor on the scheme.

On this scheme a closed panel, fully off-site manufactured solution was delivered, with only a small element of external on-site fabric work required. Alumasc’s lightweight acrylic brick slips were used as the final finish, and are able to replicate any brick in the marketplace.

OSM means the system is not affected by environmental conditions which regularly impact UK build programmes. The Alumasc Ventilated System is quick and easy to install and the off-site method of construction also ensures sites are kept in good order, with the majority of required building materials being stored and assembled in a factory environment.

Speaking about the project, Mark Gibbs, Technical Director for Alumasc Facades, said:

“By working closely with CCG from the initial design stage right through to installation, we were able to ensure that the Alumasc Ventilated System met all the requirements of the closed panel CCG OSM build. The Timber Basin is now fully ventilated to meet all building regulations, and is protected from the elements thanks to our acrylic brick slips.”

Paul Muldoon, Contracts Manager at CCG, added:

“The Panmure project is one of the largest projects using closed panel technology to be manufactured off-site in our new factory. Due to the design of the Alumasc Ventilated System we were able to apply 75 percent of the brick slips off-site therefore the usual challenges such as transport logistics, site access problems and weather, did not impact on the project.”

The Alumasc Ventilated System has been rigorously tested, resulting in compliance with all UK building regulations (Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales) and it became British Board of Agrément certified in May 2015. It also adheres to the requirements and guidelines of both the NHBC and TRADA.