Stand 47’s light steel frame will be clad with a new product from Weber Saint-Gobain, called ETICS. External Thermal Insulation Composite System, or ETICS for short, is a thermally insulating, protective and decorative exterior cladding system which consists of a series of engineered expanded polystrene (EPS) panels, a waterproof membrane, together with a reinforcing cement base-coat and a mineral or polymeric finish plaster, all of which combine to exceed the R-values set out in SANS 10400-XA energy efficiency standards for new buildings.
Taking positive action when planning and building an energy efficient home
While property owners have little control over the ever increasing cost of energy, they can meaningfully reduce the amount of energy required to regulate the climate inside their buildings. Correctly installed, Weber ETICS will reduce energy wastage and increase internal comfort levels by reducing heating or cooling bills.
- Light Weight
- Speed of erection
- Minimal waste
- Increased in usable and Gross Letable Areas
- Increased thermal performance
- Reduced design loads on structure
- No need for painting
- Render comes tinted in colour specified by client
- 10 year guarantee on Webers’s ETIC System
- Save on scaffolding costs
- No craning of materials required during construction
- Design flexibility
If ETICS is applied in conjunction with a LSF (Light Weight Steel Frame) structure further reductions in the heavy design loads on the edge of slabs can be achieved, which in turn can reduce the need for ‘up-stand’ beams. This is an important factor to take into account when determining the savings that can be achieved using Weber ETICS, as it only weighs 60kg/m2 as opposed to double brick work that weighs approximately 450kg/m2. In addition, the increased amount of usable space that is freed up by using ETICS systems, can be up to 1-2% of the floor space since ETICS walls are narrower than brick walls and the cladding takes up space to the exterior of the building.
Savings are also achieved on installation time when using Weber ETICS and can drastically reduce the build time. Saint-Gobain’s Weber ETICS systems, are therefore a tried-and-tested alternative for external walls, that not only offer many benefits during construction, but also increased savings after occupation during the lifetime of the building.