Pinewood, a high-specification, timber-framed, self-build eco house in County Durham has been built using Forterra’s new SureBrick brick slip system.
Comprising two interlocking L-shaped properties, with a combined floor space of 2,225 square metres, the property was designed to be as environmentally efficient as possible and included an air-source heat pump, photovoltaic panels and triple glazing among many other features.
For owner David Brockington – who has a background in construction – it was important to find a facing solution that would enable him to maintain the environmental integrity of his house while at the same time complying with planning regulations that stipulated a brick finish.
SureBrick offered the ideal solution. In addition to the standard benefits of a brick slip system - simple to install with no reliance on conventional bricklaying skills – the SureBrick system is made from fully A1 non-combustible materials, installable in all-weather plus, because it can take any frost resistant 65mm extruded, thrown or pressed clay brick as well as purpose-made brick slips, it offers complete architectural flexibility as standard. For this project, the owner selected Forterra Hampton Rural Blend, a high quality facing brick from Forterra’s Ecostock range.