Medite SmartPly provided a stunning showcase at this year’s Ecobuild by providing DISCOVER, the event’s show-stopping social centrepiece, as well as promoting its unrivalled range of quality sustainable wood panels.
The construction industry needs to build high volumes of affordable but energy efficient housing in order to meet Government targets of 400,000 new homes during the current Parliament. But with the added elements of a major skills shortage throughout the supply chain and the need to cut carbon emissions to meet Building Regulations and national commitments making this a perfect storm of challenges, how can industry deliver? Part of the solution to this daunting problem might already be here with the invention of the WikiHouse, a democratic as well as affordable approach to housebuilding that enables everyone to build a house.
Set to revolutionise the timber frame industry with its outstanding airtightness performance making it the ideal panel system for ultra-low energy buildings, the new SmartPly VapAirTight structural OSB panel will be showcased at Ecobuild 2016 which takes place from 8th to 10th March at London’s ExCeL.
A collaborative design by students from Bartlett School of Architecture has been selected to create a show-stopping centrepiece at Ecobuild 2016. The DISCOVER feature stand will be the show’s central social hub, spotlighting forward-thinking construction and innovation. It will display shortlisted practices from the BD Architect of the Year Awards as well as sustainability solutions from Ecobuild’s Big Innovation Pitch shortlist for 2016.
At an architect’s new timber frame home in Cork, Ireland, high racking strength and airtightness were crucial in the internal lining specification. With the installation of 240 sheets of the new SmartPly VapAirTight OSB3 panel, the house achieved an air change rate (n50) of 0.09 air changes per hour at 50Pa – six times better than recommended by the PassivHaus Institute.
Leading manufacturers of engineered wood panels, Medite - SmartPly have been announced as stand sponsors for a major new feature at Ecobuild 2016. DISCOVER, will be a social hub showcasing one of the UK’s premier architectural awards shortlist, a national initiative to find the next eco-innovator and a platform for future materials.
SmartPly, the leading manufacturer of Oriented Strand Board (OSB) provided a rapid, reliable solution for a humanitarian project coordinated by Greenpeace UK to build emergency accommodation for homeless families in time for Christmas.
A timber frame structure featuring an airtight layer of 18mm SmartPly OSB3 has helped the new £8 million Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre to become the UK’s first archival storage building to meet Passivhaus standards.
At a live build workshop run by architectural practice Studio Bark, 140m2 of SmartPly OSB3 has been installed at the construction of Warren Lodge – a prototype of low-energy student-led construction which gives students and graduates ‘hands-on’ experience of a real building project.
At the £4.9 million Oak Meadow Primary School in Wolverhampton, a super-insulated lightweight timber frame was integral to the project achieving Passivhaus certification. For the inner external walls and first floor ceiling, SmartPly OSB3 panels provided the perfect combination of strength and airtightness – helping the school to become one of the UK’s first accredited Passivhaus schemes.