Trent Brick Panel: Innovative envelope system designed according latest UK national fire and energy performance regulations

E. Calabrò, F. Peron, F. J. Meggers

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Abstract

In November 2018, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) introduced an amendment to the Building Regulations 2010, which outlined stricter rules banning the use of combustible materials defined by the new Building Regulation 7(2). This change had a significant impact since early 2019, on the materials and systems that can be used in the construction sector. In 2020, the global pandemic caused by the diffusion of the COVID-19 virus represented a new challenge for the industry, with implications on programme certainty, material procurement, workforce management, moving towards offsite manufacture. The development of the Trent Brick Panel is set against this historical and social context. The envelope prototype is the opportunity for innovation that follows the turn of events. The offsite manufacturing of glass-reinforced concrete panel, mimicking several finishes, is the result of a design investigation carried out with the market-leading actors: developers, main contractors, subcontractors, engineering consultancies, architects, local authorities and warranty providers. The research aims to give an overview of the design principles, sequence and buildability study, assessed weathering performance according to CWCT Sequence B test and fire performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012203
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume2069
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2021
Event8th International Building Physics Conference, IBPC 2021 - Copenhagen, Virtual, Denmark
Duration: Aug 25 2021Aug 27 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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