The term ‘traditional build’ is most often used to describe a structure where the internal load bearing leaf of the walling is of masonry construction and tied with stainless steel ties to an outer leaf of either block or brick.
Although Modern Methods of Construction are taking building practices into the future, traditional brick and block methods still remain one of the most widely used build types in the UK and Ireland.
There are many varied forms of construction and blocks take many different forms:
Dense Concrete Blocks
Dense Concrete Blocks have a high strength factor and are therefore used for foundations, external leafs of walls that are to be rendered and for internal load bearing partitions. They do not, however, have a very high insulation value or acoustic rating.
Lightweight Aerated (Aircrete) Blocks
Lightweight Aerated (Aircrete) Blocks are suitable for foundations, internal and external leaves of cavity walls, solid walls, internal walls and party walls. They provide a far greater thermal efficiency but usually require the application of an external wall insulation system to achieve current building regulations.
Thin Joint Systems
Thin Joint Systems (which are actually classed as an MMC due to the innovative process) have been designed to speed up the build process. The blocks are laid using a proprietary mortar (instead of sand / cement) which is applied using a special scoop. The system allows a single leaf to be taken up to roof height without waiting for the external leaf offering a similar construction speed of panellised systems.
Single Skin Construction
On the continent, Single Skin Construction used with external insulation has been the standard method of building for decades.
With rising densities, higher land costs and the rising cost and shortages of skilled labour, UK architects and developers are now specifying this method of construction.
Following the erection of a lightweight single skin of blockwork, WBS offer a range of insulation systems that are specifically designed to meet thermal guidelines.
Once the insulation is fixed to the blockwork, a wide variety of render finishes or brick façades can be installed to give modern, seamless finishes or to replicate traditional construction without the cost or reliance of skilled labour.
WBS systems provide designers unlimited options when designing a new build construction with these systems. Whether multi-storey, low rise of traditional two storey dwellings, the architect has unlimited scope to incorporate curved elevations, features, contrasting textures & colours to give these structures a unique look and feel.