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Irish Self Build Is B5 Beautiful

10 Apr 2015
Case study

Cembrit’s B5 corrugated sheeting has recently been chosen as part of a renewable energy self-build project in Saintfield, Northern Ireland, which sees 210 black sheets installed on both the walls and roof of the property.

Self builder, Michael Montgomery, began work on the project in 2012 and completed the site dig out, drainage and foundations by the end of the year. In early 2013, construction re-commenced and currently the upstairs and landscaping is being finalised. Michael required a perfectly scaled corrugated sheet for the roof and walls of this property in the rural Irish countryside.  Fibre cement has a number of advantages over metal sheeting, such as it being rust resistant and not noisy in the rain.  It is for these reasons, and the profile and depth of corrugation, that he decided to work with Cembrit B5.

“Fibre cement corrugated sheeting is the perfect aesthetic for use in the countryside,” said Michael Montgomery, Self Builder. “My requirement for the sheeting was that it would not only suit the surroundings of the property, but also accommodate the installation of solar thermal panels.  Cembrit B5 ticked all the boxes. I looked at other suppliers but the sheets were either too small or too large – the great thing about B5 is that it can be fitted by a good joiner.”

The house relies on renewable and low carbon energy through the use of the heat recovery unit, wood burning stove, back boiler and solar thermal panels, and does not use any oil or gas.  For this reason, Michael is considering applying for the respective Passive House accreditation. The Passive House Institute has assumed a leading position with regard to research on and development of construction concepts, building components, planning tools and quality assurance for especially energy efficient buildings.

Cembrit B5 metric corrugation is a more modern and deeper profile than the traditional 3 inch profile corrugated sheeting. It can consequently be used to a lower pitch and with smaller overlaps.  B5 is available in 14 different lengths, ranging from 4' to 10' 6 and are approximately 40% wider than the older 3 inch profile design offering better coverage per sheet.

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