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Panelised

Panelised relates to off-site manufacture of wall, floor and roof panels which are assembled on-site into three dimensional structures. Common types of panelised systems are outlined in more detail below.

Open panel systems

Open panel systems: are skeleton frames, typically in timber or lightweight steel and are manufactured in factory conditions. Open panels may have sheathing board installed to one side of the panel. Open panels will be transported to site where the insulation, vapour control layers, linings and claddings are fitted along with the services and components such as windows.

It is possible that cold rolled steel building systems can demonstrate compliance with NHBC Standards Chapter 6.10 Light Steel Framed Walls and Floors, via stage 1 certification issued by the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) in accordance with NHBC Standards Chapter clause 6.10.3. NHBC requires the builder to appoint an NHBC approved steel frame certifier to check the design for the home and the site.

For timber systems, reference should be made to NHBC Standards Chapter 6.2 External Timber Framed Walls, clause 6.2.3 Design and Certification where the design of the Superstructure shall be checked by an NHBC approved timber frame certifier. The registered builder should ensure that the completed HB2445 certificate is available on-site for inspection by NHBC.

Closed panel systems

Closed panel systems: are fully assembled and enclosed within the factory. Closed panels comprise the same components as open panels, however, the entire assembly and sealing of the panels is undertaken off-site.

In addition to demonstrating compliance with NHBC Standards Chapter 6.2, the manufacturer should demonstrate that the closed panels are manufactured under a quality management system, including factory production control and working to established performance requirements. The manufacturer should provide appropriate on-site quality assurance. Closed panels may be registered with the Structural Timber Association or BM TRADA.

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) systems are off-site manufactured engineered solid panels. The panels are manufactured by laminating small lengths of timber with adjacent layers having their grain direction at right angles to one another. Panels can be used to form structural floor, wall, and roof elements; beams, columns, lift shafts, and stairs.

Reference should be made to NHBC Standards Chapter 2.1 The Standards and Technical Requirements, Technical Requirement R3 a). The BS EN 16351:2015 Timber Structures - Cross Laminated Timber requirements, sets out the provisions regarding the performance characteristics for straight and curved structural CLT, both with and without large finger joints as a material for the manufacture of structural elements to be used within buildings. The European Standard sets minimum production requirements and procedures for assessment and verification of consistency of performance.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs): are off-site manufactured products that can be used to form structural floors, walls and roof elements, or infill panels to a primary structure.

SIPs systems should be assessed and certified by a technical approvals authority in accordance with NHBC Standards Chapter 2.1 The Standards and Technical Requirements, Technical Requirement R3a) iv).

Care must be taken to ensure that the Construction meets relevant Building Regulations, NHBC Standards, British Standards, Eurocodes and (or) statutory requirements on a site-by-site basis.

 

Below is a list of systems that are currently accepted by NHBC on the basis on the basis of stage 1 certification issued by the Steel Construction Institute, Technical Requirement R3a) iv) of the NHBC Standards, or an NHBC review:

PANELISED SYSTEMS CURRENTLY ACCEPTED BY NHBC
SYSTEM SUB-TYPE SYSTEM NAME LIMITATIONS APPROVAL BODY CERT. NO. VALID UNTIL LAST REVIEWED DATE OF NEXT REV. FURTHER INFO
TYPE CODES BUILD HEIGHT
SIPs Hemsec SIPs Loadbearing wall & roof panels All type codes Up to 3 storeys BBA Agrement 06/4374 01/12/2017 12/2016 12/2017 www.hemsecsips.com
SIPs Kingspan Tek Haus Building system All type codes Up to 4 storeys BBA Agrement 02/S029 01/12/2017 12/2016 12/2017 www.tek.kingspan.com
SIPs SIPs Eco panels Ltd All type codes Up to 3 storeys (site specific basis only) CAT G SIP Mark Scheme SIP-401 07/09/2019 12/2016 12/2017 www.sipsecopanels.co.uk
Timber Sigma II Build System All type codes Up to 4 storeys BBA Agrement 11/4873 01/12/2017 12/2016 12/2017 www.stewartmilne.com
Timber Streif GMBH timber frame system All type codes Contact NHBC Standards and Technical BM TRADA BSYS-003 16/11/2018 12/2016 12/2017 www.streif.co.uk
Timber Huf Haus Type code 1: without basement Contact NHBC Standards and Technical N/A N/A N/A 12/2016 12/2017 www.huf-haus.com
Light Steel Frame Precision Frame System Ltd All type codes Up to 11 storeys SCI 20181111 11/11/2018 12/2016 12/2017 www.precisionframing.co.uk
Light steel frame Design Engine Ltd light steel frame system All type codes Up to 5 storeys SCI 20200327 27/03/2020 04/2017 04/2018 -
Light Steel Frame EOS Facades (EOS Ltd) All type codes Up to 9 storeys SCI 20180325 25/03/2018 12/2016 12/2017 www.eos-facades.co.uk
Light Steel Frame Fusion Building Systems All type codes Up to 10 storeys SCI 20201009 06/11/2017 12/2016 12/2017 www.fusionbuild.com
Light Steel Frame ICARUS LSF Ltd All type codes Up to 6 storeys SCI 20170910 10/09/2017 12/2016 12/2017 www.icarus-lsf.com
Light Steel Frame Kingspan Steel Building Solutions - KingBuild System (KBS) All type codes Up to 10 storeys SCI 20170409 09/04/2017 12/2016 12/2017 www.kingspanpanels.co.uk
Light Steel Frame Metek light steel frame system All type codes Up to 8 storeys SCI 20190316 16/03/2019 12/2016 12/2017 http://www.metek.co.uk/
Light Steel Frame ORCA LGS Solutions Ltd All type codes Up to 5 storeys SCI 20180428 28/04/2018 12/2016 12/2017 www.orca-lgs.com
Light Steel Frame Shanghai Precision Houses Manufacturing All type codes Up to 3 storeys SCI 20170516 16/05/2017 12/2016 12/2017 -
Light Steel Frame Sigmat Ltd - Sigmat Framing System All type codes Up to 10 storeys SCI 20170602 02/06/2017 12/2016 12/2017 www.sigmatframing.com
Light Steel Frame U-Roof Light Steel Frame System All type codes Up to 6 storeys SCI 20190411 11/04/2019 12/2016 12/2017 www.u-roof.com
Light Steel Frame UK Facades Ltd light steel frame system All type codes Up to 4 storeys SCI 20200320 20/03/2020 04/2017 04/2018 -
Light Steel Frame Elements Europe Strucmet Light Steel All type codes Up to 10 storeys SCI 20190324 24/03/2019 12/2016 12/2017 www.elements-europe.com
Light Steel Frame Kingspan Steel Building Systems - KingFrame (SFS) All type codes Up to 3 storeys BBA Agrement 03/S034 01/12/2017 12/2016 12/2017 www.kingspanpanels.co.uk
Light Steel Frame Vision Built LSF System All type codes Up to 10 storeys

Floors may also be formed from profiled steel decking with composite concrete topping. These floors are outside the scope of NHBC Standards Chapter 6.10 and this certificate
SCI 20190823 23/08/2019 12/2016 12/2017 www.vision-built.com
Light Steel Frame Comfortable Living building All type codes Up to 2 storeys plus habitable roof space SCI 20190825 25/08/2019 05/2017 05/2018 www.comfortableliving.co.uk/
Light Steel Frame Hadley Steel Framing Ltd All type codes Up to 10 storeys SCI 20190909 09/09/2019 05/2017 05/2018 www.hadleygroup.com/
Light Steel Frame Jessella Ltd light steel frame system All type codes Single storey only SCI 20190413 13/04/2019 05/2017 05/2018  
Light Steel Frame MetCon light steel frame system All type codes Up to 6 storeys SCI 20190505 05/05/2019 05/2017 05/2018 http://metconsbs.com/
Light Steel Frame Metsec Metframe and SFS systems All type codes Up to 15 storeys SCI 20190726 26/07/2019 05/2017 05/2018  
Light Steel Frame MET Structures Framing System All type codes

Up to 15 storeys

Floors may also be formed from composite metal decks. These floors are outside the scope of NHBC Standards Chapter 6.10 and this certificate

SCI 20200926 10/08/2020 09/2017 09/2018  
Light Steel Frame MIB Facades light steel frame system All type codes Up to 8 storeys SCI 20180624 24/06/2018 05/2017 05/2018 www.mibfacades.co/
Light Steel Frame Strucmet Light Steel Frame system All type codes Up to 10 storeys for the Strucmet Infill Panel System (IPS) and limited by design for the Strucmet Steel System (SSS) SCI 20190324 24/03/2019 05/2017 05/2018 www.elements-europe.com/
Light Steel Frame Steel Framed Sections Ltd All type codes Up to 5 storeys SCI 20191215 15/12/2019 05/2017 05/2018 www.steelformedsections.ie/
Light Steel Frame Caledan Ltd light steel frame system All type codes Up to 11 storeys SCI 20200117 17/01/2020 05/2017 05/2018 www.caledan.co.uk/
Light Steel Frame Newton Steel Framing Ltd light steel frame system All type codes Up to 11 storeys SCI 20200116 16/01/2020 05/2017 05/2018 www.newtonsf.co.uk/
Light Steel Frame Modular Plantrooms Ltd. Light Gauge Steel Framing All type codes Up to 9 storeys SCI 20200530 30/05/2020 06/2017 06/2018  

Note: Building systems are accepted based upon the information available at the time of review and are subject to a periodic re-review.

Type codes – detached house (1), semi-detached house (2), terraced house (3), detached bungalow (4), semi-detached bungalow (5), terraced bungalow (6), maisonette (7), apartment (0), non-residential (stand-alone (NRA), non-residential (part of block (NRB), multi-occupancy (MO).

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