Looking for green, innovative, efficient building solutions? When considering low carbon buildings, the choice of building fabric is essential in determining the performance of the structure. There are a number of factors which will have a significant effect on performance.
- Orientation and siting of the building
- Thermal mass
- Solar shading
- Natural ventilation
- Good insulation values
- Excellent air tightness
- No cold bridging
CCP Crosswall Construction including Thermowall and Thermofloor Panels is a fast, efficient and robust form of construction. When coupled with good passive design, CCP Crosswall Construction can deliver the high performance low carbon buildings of the future. Alternatively, elements of this construction can be mixed and matched with other elements to help improve the structural performance of the building. Far from inhibiting choice, Crosswall Solutions can create a positive framework for buildings to meet our ever changing needs.
CCP Crosswall Construction is a modern, fast and effective method of construction utilising precast concrete components. They are fabricated in a state of the art manufacturing facility (the first of its kind in the UK) and can be designed on a bespoke basis for each and every project.
Crosswall construction has the ability to connect walls and floors together and thus avoid the need for a steel or concrete frame. Load bearing walls transmit vertical loads and act as shear walls to prevent lateral movement. Lateral support can also be achieved by transmitting loads via the floor slab back to lift shafts, stair cores or other structural walls. Because there is no frame, there are no structural downstands required to accommodate beams. Whilst structures up to 16 storeys have been completed in the UK using this form of construction, it is just as suited to domestic housing. Indeed, by supplying a rigid framework for the building, lightweight partitions can be used internally which allow for maximum flexibility in the structure throughout its changing use over the lifecycle of the building whilst still retaining the essential fabric of the building.
CCP Crosswall Construction offers a variety of further benefits:
- Acoustic Separation is minimised due to the density of the floors and walls
- Inherent Thermal Mass
- Greater Security
- Excellent Air Tightness of the monolithic structure
- Reduced Site Co-ordination as many follow-on trades are eliminated
- Reduced Preliminary Costs due to reduced programme times
- Robust Structure
- Reduced Heating and Maintenance Costs
- Improved Health and Safety
- No Scaffold Solution
“Ecocrete” Environmentally Friendly Concrete with over 80% secondary sourced product
Where shear reinforcement is required, double walls, such as those used in basement construction can form part of the structural solution.
With the top ceiling being a structural element in crosswall construction, clients can take easy advantage of this by creating either a room in the roof, a roof garden where space is constrained or to take advantage of good views and location, or a green roof to lessen environmental impact.