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System reduces energy usage

by Tania Wannenburg

The efficient usage of energy has become vitally important, whether the building concerned is commercial, industrial or residential in nature. Savings achievable with the Weber ETICS system include energy, a reduced need for scaffolding and cranage, and a lighter and more cost-effective structure.

 

The efficient usage of energy has become vitally important – whether the building concerned is of a commercial, industrial or residential nature. Savings achievable with the Weber ETICS system include energy, a reduced need for scaffolding and cranage, and a lighter and more cost-effective super-structure.

Saving time and money                                                                                                       
Energy savings in excess of 84% are possible when using the Weber ETICS building system, whether this involves cooling and/or heating, as the ETICS system’s R-value of 3,76 makes this possible. 

“Scaffolding can be erected and dismantled a lot quicker than would typically be the case for conventional brickwork,” says Quinton Peters, ETICS product manager at Saint-Gobain Weber SA. “Cranage and hoisting fees would also be reduced as ETICS is lightweight. You don’t even need a crane to lift it.”

These benefits are quite apart from other more obvious advantages, such as no longer needing to paint the surface after construction is complete.
The biggest benefit accrues to the owner or operator of the completed building, as the Weber ETICS building system reduces maintenance requirements as well as providing increased floor space for a given footprint.

As Quinton explains, a double brick wall takes up about 320mm all round on a slab, but ETICS is bolted onto the outside of a building, which means the owner gains 1 to 2% more floor space, which also means increased tenancy for the same building footprint.

Saving the environment
“Best of all, buildings built with Weber ETICS drastically reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool,” Quinton says.
In fact, ETICS claims to be the most energy-efficient building system presently available. ETICS has been proven to be 84% more thermally efficient than other wall systems, including brick, glass, stucco, concrete, wood and masonry.

“No matter what colour you choose for your finishing coat, ETICS is green,” Quinton says.

What actually is ETICS?                                                                                                      
ETICS consists of an EPS insulation board attached to a substrate, which could be steel frame or brickwork.
The substrate is covered with a Weber fibre mesh, which is embedded into a Weber base coat. This is followed by the application of a polymeric finish coat that comes in various colours.

This durable wall cladding can be made to replicate various textured finishes and meets SANS 204 requirements for thermal performance.

Saint-Gobain Weber
Quinton Peters
Tel: 012 657 2800 / 083 680 8968
E:mail: quinton.peters@saint-gobain.com
Website: www.weber-tylon.co.za

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