Aberdeen housing project turns to Econic boards

ECONIC boards have been extensively utilised in Phase 1 in Aberdeen’s Middlefield area on a huge social housing project.

Situated on the site of the former Smithfield Primary School, the development will offer a mix of 99 homes when it opens next year.

Lippe Architects and CHAP Construction turned to Duncryne, UK supplier of Econic boards. Duncryne describe Econic boards as an “excellent substrate for render applications with proven adherence and pull off strength for render applications”.

The boards were used for the complete external board requirements of the larger houses and some internal flooring. The finish between windows in the apartment blocks are also fitted with the Econic board.

Econic has vapour open properties which are said to complement cavity wall type construction and modern day living standards.

Tracy Cruickshank, architectural technician with Lippe said, “We used Econic externally in almost every building on the development and it was great under first floor pends. Thanks to the fire resistant properties we didn’t have to change materials.”

Keith Macnair, managing director of Duncryne added, “In regard to the Site Safe programme Econic will provide added benefits for protection of the frame and building envelope due to its proven fire resistance properties. A typical through wall make up, incorporating a 12mm board is capable of providing up to 90 minutes’ integrity and insulation protection to a timber frame. The board also has the highest non-combustible category rating of A1 Euroclass.

“Whilst Econic is used extensively as a render substrate it is also deployed as a decorative substrate for many applications such as brick slip systems, stiffened cladding panels bonded to 3mm sheet metal or aluminium. It has an ETAG test for external paints which carry a 25 year guarantee.”