New Framing Guide for Design Teams

4th November, 2021


Available in two versions, one for Scotland which includes our improved SER submission support and the other for England and Wales, enabling specifiers to make informed decisions on system lining to meet client needs and achieve Building Regulation requirements. The new guide provides the project design team with information on performance, through wall build-ups and junction detailing for the most commonly selected Metframe solutions for external and internal walls. 

Metframe Sales Manager, Paul Mountford comments: "Whilst we have an extensive database of fire, thermal and acoustic performance based on independent laboratory tests, covering a multitude of combinations for Metframe stud used in conjunction with the most popular plasterboards, insulation, sheathing and finishes, we are looking to guide the readers directly to the options that best fit the bill. Following a consultation period with a number of leading Scottish engineering practices, we have improved and extended the level of support and information we provide to assist with the SER warrant application. We are pleased to include this with a number of recently tested acoustic wall build-ups specifically tailored to the Scottish market.

"By presenting a selection of the most popular Metframe solutions, we hope to give designers and engineers an appreciation of what Metframe delivers and the time and cost efficiency benefits that can be realised for them and their clients.

"Effectively, the new guide cuts to the chase, providing specifiers with concise information and clarifying the options available for the vast majority of situations. Of course, should a project have more involved requirements, our design team is able to draw on our extensive test data and broad experience to deliver solutions to suit."

Metframe uses 100mm or 120mm wide studs, similar to those used in Metsec's loadbearing steel framing SFS system, which are bolted together to form a frame which is then used to create complete panels. Depending on stud width, this facilitates the construction of loadbearing structures for low to medium rise buildings of up to fifteen storeys in height. Panel assembly is undertaken offsite in a controlled factory environment, assuring precision and quality of the finished product, and exploiting the time and cost benefits of manufacturing processes.

Completed Metframe panels are delivered to site according to the project's construction programme and can be installed as soon as they arrive and are normally lifted into position straight from the back of the delivery vehicle. The speed and efficiency of the process allows the project to reap the benefits of just in time scheduling, rapid installation times, streamlined transport and installation logistics, and minimal requirement for on-site storage.

Once installed, Metframe is ready for immediate use. With no requirement for curing and other time-consuming processes, follow-on trades can commence work in a short time, ensuring that the construction programme runs as smoothly as possible.

Metframe solutions are designed and engineered to deliver optimum value and can accommodate a vast array of building types, from simple layouts to complex designs. They also allow a wide variety of external finishes to be applied, providing the designer with a high degree of freedom in the shape and appearance of the finished building.

Metsec's design solutions are BIM Level 2 compliant and come with the assurance of the MetWALL Perform, 30-year wall performance warranty and a £5 million professional indemnity insurance as standard – providing absolute peace of mind for the project design team.

Paul Mountford concluded: "The new system performance guide underlines our commitment to the project design team; it offers a quick and easy digital reference for Metframe design solutions which adds to the impressive warranty and insurance package that comes as standard with our solutions. In addition to support for specific projects, we also provide CPD seminars to extend designers' knowledge of our systems and their application."

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