An independent report, undertaken by calfordseaden (construction and property consultants), has proven that masonry construction is up to 8% cheaper than timber frame and SIPS. Calfordseaden were commissioned to review five different common house construction methods and provide an unbiased, fair and independent report. A copy of this report is available here.
Aircrete products offer a complete building material that meets the requirements of the Building Regulations, has the flexibility to offer solutions to hospitals, schools, offices, industrial warehouses and housing. It can be used in foundations, partition, separating and external walls (solid or cavity), firewalls and as an infill to framed construction.
Aircrete is a lightweight and versatile building material, made from 80% recycled materials, that easily meets CDM requirements for manual handling and is quick to construct and saves time on-site. It is strong and robust, with excellent tolerances, approved by the BBA and accepted by the NHBC.
- Masonry construction is 8% cheaper than timber frame
- Fast construction meaning lower labour costs
- Blocks are easily cut meaning less waste
- Low to nil maintenance costs over its lifetime
- Durable material with at least 60 year lifespan
- Masonry construction allows for alterations to be easily made
Thin joint masonry
Thin joint masonry is an innovative construction method for use with aircrete blockwork that allows build times to be significantly improved and offers many other practical and commercial benefits. Independent tests have shown that by using this method a team of skilled tradesmen with no prior 'thin joint' experience can build the Inner leaf of a detached, 4-bedroomed, 2-storey house in just five to six days. This removes brickwork or external cladding from the critical path and permits access to finishing trades far sooner in the build schedule. Thin-joint masonry is an accepted modern method of construction (MMC).
- Inner leaf blockwork to wall plate in just a few days
- First fix finishing trades on site within days
- Hugely versatile and practical
- Nationally available
- Method easily learned by range of trades
- Simple solutions to the Building Regulations
- Waste reduction of mortar and blocks
- Reduced construction times