The latest addition to the I-W portfolio, prefabricated walling can be constructed either at an off-site facility, or on site adjacent to the works and hoisted into position.
Panels are manufactured by craftsmen using traditional materials bonded together with a modified mortar which is extremely strong in both tension and compression.
- Cost effective
- Offers greater flexibility
- Lighter than precast panels
- Fewer movement joints
Suitable for logistically demanding projects, this system can be constructed without scaffolding. Using a dedicated off-site facility means production is unaffected by weather and quality can be very tightly controlled.
Featured Project - Lawn House
I-W have been involved in the development of the UK’s first private ecohouse using prefabricated brick and block cavity walls, which has been built to achieve Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Lawn House in Burbage, Leicestershire, could have a direct impact on the future of housebuilding in the UK by offering a solution to creating sustainable mass housing more efficiently. Designer Penny Shankar found inspiration at the Hanson EcoHouse on a visit to the BRE Innovation Park in Watford to explore the concept of prefabricated masonry panels.
The system increases the speed of on-site installation, improves quality and accuracy and has minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
The tailor-made panels, weighing between four and five tonnes each, consist of a brickwork outer leaf, insulation and a 100mm Thermalite inner leaf. The wall-tie specification and special thin joint mortar ensure that the prefabricated panels can be constructed, lifted and transported to site and installed without any damage.