EXTERIOR INFILL WALLS
Prefabricated infill wall element system speeds up on-site construction.
In many countries infill walls made from timber are becoming an increasingly common solution, together with load-bearing frames made from concrete or steel. External walls of this type are designed only to take the load of the wall component’s own weight and the wind loads that directly affect the component. The component has a low weight and can be prefabricated in a factory, which is a great advantage. Infill walls made of timber have very good insulation characteristics. The increasingly stringent requirements for energy efficient buildings in various countries are among the main driving forces behind the use of this wall solution.
The component can be clad with an external layer of plaster, brick, wooden paneling or other sheathing material in order to match the building’s design and surrounding buildings.
The virtually unlimited range of openings and element cladding alternatives enables precise adaption to facade design concepts.
The primary benefits of the technique are:
• Excellent thermal insulation properties are easily achievable
• The usable building area is significantly increased (as compared to a similar insulated building with masonry walls) because of lesser wall thickness
• Savings in on-site labour and construction time through a systematic off-site manufacturing process
• From an environmental perspective, timber frame structures virtually always perform best
• The in-fill timber frame wall panel technique allows a wide range of architectural possibilities and cladding materials.