Technical services and general construction advice
For general construction advice or information about a product’s performance and industry best practice on how to use it, our experienced technical team are on hand to answer your questions at every stage of your build.
If your project has hit a brick wall, the team’s problem-solving skills are second to none. By involving them from a project’s earliest stage, they are able to use their true value engineering know-how to help you make your architectural design concept reality while keeping budgets under control.
Technical specifications and product declarations can be supplied for Forterra’s bricks and block products.
If you require further information, the team can provide advice and guidance on products relevant to your project, taking into consideration key performance criteria such as compressive strength, weight, water absorption, frost performance, thermal, acoustic, fire classification and air tightness.
Our extensive technical advice and support helps to avoid problems from occurring in the first place, but should you find yourself in a challenging situation, we do our best to help you to find a satisfactory resolution.
advice on standards and best practice
Not sure of the requirements for your build? We can provide guidance on standards and Building Regulations to point you in the right direction.
If you’re targeting performance above and beyond the basic standards, then the team can advise best practice on the use of Forterra’s products to achieve the highest possible performance standards.
Façades and innovation
Forterra offers a range of façade products with specific benefits and distinct performance characteristics.
As with any façade, the system itself cannot be considered in isolation. Through extensive knowledge of built-up walls, solidly grounded in building physics and façade theory and coupled with a unique, granular understanding of the products themselves, we can help maximise performance and overcome design challenges. In so doing, the project drivers that led to choosing a modern method of construction can be fully realised.
Continuing professional development (CPD)
Keep up to date with the latest product innovations as well as learning best practice in traditional construction.
We offer architects, structural engineers and other construction professionals high-quality CPD seminars on a range of topics. While these are usually conducted at the customer’s premises or other convenient location, over recent months we have been hosting our seminars online. Where RIBA approved CPDs are not necessary, we can also create and deliver bespoke, tailored, technical presentations.
Design-related advice for architects
It can be frustrating when an architectural concept cannot be fully realised because of material capabilities and project budgets.
Fortunately, through their knowledge and experience in the manufacturing capabilities and use of special shaped bricks, the Forterra Technical team is able to help determine how a concept can be realised. The end result is a practical design without compromising buildability or the aesthetic integrity of a project. Support can often be provided remotely; however, to gain maximum benefit on complex projects, the team are always happy to accommodate a face-to-face session.
Our technical team
What are U-value calculations
Forterra’s online U-value calculator allows instant thermal assessments for solid walls, partially and fully-filled cavity walls. This tool allows you to quickly narrow down your material specifications and desired construction method. Once selected, please contact our Technical Services team who will be able to arrange an official U-value assessment. A U-value is the rate of transfer of heat through a structure’s fabric, such as a wall, floor or roof. A low U-value indicates better insulated structures. U-values are useful ways of predicting the thermal performance of buildings, however, actual performance will be based on the workmanship and installation quality of each material used. Approved Document “L” of the Building Regulations sets out limiting standards for the U-value of each fabric element i.e. wall, floor or roof of a building. However, other factors which are taken into consideration in SAP may require improvements in the fabric U-values stated in Building Regulations.
It's in the detail
It's in the detail
Your choice of brick texture, bonding patterns, mortar colour and joint profiles have a significant impact on a building’s aesthetics. We've highlighted some of the main things to look out for.
BIM (Building Information Modelling)
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is now being used in the planning and design phase of projects to produce digital representations of buildings, together with detailed technical information, accreditations and other background data to create an information-rich specification.
Forterra have developed BIM-compatible models of their products for integration into such designs and plans.
Sometimes, it is reassuring to read about other success stories before embarking on your own. Here, you will find examples of residential, education, commercial and public sector construction projects in which Forterra’s innovative products, and its skilled, approachable teams and flexible services, have played a significant part.
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