NHBC accepts new system of wall construction for MMC
The National House Building Council, the warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, is accepting a new method of wall construction to support Modern Methods of Construction.
The H+H UK’s storey height elements, which have been used by Barratt to build circa 600 new homes, is one of more than 40 MMC systems now accepted by the NHBC.
Richard Lankshear, innovation manager at the NHBC, said: “There is a widely recognised need to drive housing supply in the UK and we have worked closely with builders and government for many years to address this.
“We expect to see more innovative solutions emerge over the next decade and NHBC’s thorough and rigorous approach to the acceptance of new MMC systems that meet our standards will help bring benefits and certainty to manufacturers, developers and builders.”
The elements usually used with Roofspace’s I House system is intended for the construction of domestic houses of up to two storeys with rooms in the roof.
Celcon Elements are manufactured from the same material as aircrete blocks and have the same performance advantages including excellent thermal performance with reduced heat loss at thermal bridges.
Cliff Fudge, technical director of manufacturer H+H, said: “We are committed to helping developers and the industry deliver new homes for consumers.
“We are now at a stage where we have a proven build quality and speed along with a reduced number of reportable items and look forward to continuing our work with NHBC and Barratt in the future.”
Oliver Novakovic, technical and innovation director at Barratt, added: “We have seen excellent construction quality on site with the H+H Celcon elements and are delighted that we are helping to provide high-specification new homes by embracing MMC.”