Why Build With Masonry?
Mike Leonard, Director of the Modern Masonry Alliance, outlines the benefits of building with traditional brick and block construction.
Masonry construction offers an extensive range of cost-effective solutions for buildings of all types and is preferred by a massive 93% of homeowners.
Masonry is designed and built to last at least 150 years making it truly sustainable. Manufactured from responsibly soured local materials and produced in the UK, masonry products are installed on site by skilled operatives creating massive employment opportunities.
Masonry is safe, non-combustible and highly cost-effective and flexible, offering a 15% saving compared to timber frame. Bricks and blocks, wall ties and mortar are all available off-the-shelf from builders’ merchants allowing projects to start immediately. This avoids the long lead times associated with other building systems which may be imported from overseas and have higher carbon impacts.
Following recent fire tests at BRE Global, Ancon is pleased to confirm that its innovative basalt-fibre, low thermal conductivity wall ties, Teplo-BF and Teplo-L, offer 120 minute fire resistance, making them suitable for buildings of any height.
After a string of Awards successes for the Teplo range, the new Teplo-BF low thermal conductivity wall tie has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Innovation in Insulation” category of the 2016 Build It Awards.