GLB: Combatting construction’s carbon footprint
17 February 2021 | Company News
A willingness to learn and be inspired by new ways of doing things is the key to progress. Our versatile and adaptable building system allows the creation of high-energy efficient green buildings, either as a whole building system or hybridised with other techniques.
Build a whole house in a fraction of the time, and at a fraction of the cost, thanks to a building system that allows for rapid installation and no need for cranes or other external equipment.
Simple and light to transport and manoeuvre, our panels weigh no more than 5kgs per square metre so can be carried on site by hand, and one person on their own can easily handle and position a room-high wall panel in place before it gets its shotcrete treatment in situ.
Simple construction using UK made Polystyrene and fine concrete to provide an extremely low carbon build simply and efficiently. Our sustainable system creates less CO2 in construction (33kgCO2e/m2) and saves over 65% of user energy requirements than traditional homes and our panels provide less waste in design and production, they can be recycled and, thanks to being lightweight, it saves on transport.
Any shape, structural or not, our panels can be cut on site to any geometric shape so give full design flexibility, offering a complete range of building elements: load-bearing walls, curtain walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, and stairs. Mix and match with other systems.
Our advanced building system has undergone internationally recognised laboratory tests that prove the structural strength of its monolithic joints, meaning it can withstand earthquakes and cyclone as well as day to day family life. Fix to the walls wherever you like.
Panels are made of self-extinguishing expanded polystyrene, completely encapsulated in reinforced concrete which cover the sides of panels and prevent combustion. They meet international fire resistance standards, providing an REI rating of 120 minutes.
The Advanced Building System reduces construction times by as much as 50% compared to traditional building methods.
A raw structure made with GLB panels can cost up to 40% less than a traditional structure of comparable market value. Plus, panels are machine made and assembly processes are optimised, leading to big savings on labour costs and all with a carbon benefit too.
Green Life Building Panels are simple to use and can be made to work with any design. They can be dressed to represent any finish, and, with a low carbon footprint, can be used in a range of applications including on-site, off-site, and precast structures.
The EMMEDUE® single panel consists of a spatial steel lattice enclosing a core of expanded polystyrene which is then finished, on-site, with plaster.
Our curved M2 panel can be made to almost any size and supplied flat from our plant, making it easy to transport, before it is curved on site.
Our insulating double panel is ideal for reinforced concrete walls such as load- bearing and retaining ones.
Used for both flooring and roofing with reinforced concrete joists, the floor panel provides significant advantages in terms of reduced weight, insulation, and rapid assembly.
For the fast construction of lightweight, resistant stairs. The stairs are made of a single block of EPS, shaped to the required design specifications.
The GLB advanced building system allows for rapid installation and is resistant to fire, cyclones, earthquake, and blasts. Despite its lightness, it is structurally strong and load resistant, and its versatility allows for many different design options.
Where can I see some buildings that have been completed?
Although the manufacturing facility is new to the UK, there are over 1 million buildings made using M2 technology around the world and you can see examples of them on the projects page.
How long does it take on average to build a typical house?
While the GLB M2 shell can be erected in hours, it depends on how the house is being constructed. For a single home of 9 x 5m at height 8.3m we could make a 4 bed with two bathrooms in this footprint and provide c.120m2 of floor space over ground, on the first and second floor. Using a rendered finish, the build would be less than three months from finalisation of design to handover, allowing time for the concrete to cure (28 days).
A six-home project would be completed in five months, with a five-person team, by moving between them as the concrete cures.
For large-scale projects we can provide several hundred homes in less than five months, but we are restricted by the capacity of the building site and not the factory. Our factory has the current capacity for more than 4000 SQM of panels per day, based on a 400 SQM building, that is 10 houses per day, which can be increased as required.
Other options include precast units that could be made away from the building site, ready to be craned into position either as panels or modules. The disadvantage here is that precast units limit your design flexibility.
Once constructed, can properties be extended upwards or do sub-floors need extra structural support?
The single panel is structural to four stories and if used as internal walls then all elements are structural. For larger structures, the M2 double panel is suitable.
As there is no cavity, how are additional pipes and cables inset after the build?
In the UK we can specify plasterboard on the internal walls to allow for extensions and movement of fittings. All ceilings have a height void from 38mm- 75mm which again makes movement of fittings easier for homes that do not use the plasterboard approach. A wall chaser will allow new chases to be cut before hitting the mesh.
In addition to our product warranty, we work with Build-Zone, Advantage and others to exceed the requirements for 10 year structural warranty insurance (a normal requirement for a residential mortgage).
The panels produced using the EMMEDUE (M2) technology have been used to construct over 1 million buildings all over the world using offsite construction in various ways, from modules through to panels provided for the self-build market.
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We know you are under pressure to reduce construction costs and build time, while also building in a more sustainable way. Our building system will provide you with greater speed of construction, a lower carbon footprint and better value than traditional bricks and mortar, steel, or timber frames. So, why not change the way you build today?Price Your Job