As part of the ongoing product development, Benchmark has launched a next generation unitised wall system, which is set to invigorate façade design and raise the bar for inspirational buildings of exceptional technical performance.
The pre-engineered, Benchmark Connect Wall System is a multi-spanning, modular building system, which is bolted internally so that it requires no envelope scaffolding. Weathertightness is assured once the modules have been lifted into position allowing the internal fit-out to begin and removing the facade from the critical path, which can considerably reduce programme time.
The system provides the ideal platform for the Benchmark facade range, and is suitable for any type of building. The modules can be up to 7m high, and incorporate an integral cavity for ventilation and to carry services. Once installed, they are ready for fit-out of internal plasterboard and external panels alike, with pre-glazing as an option and an achievable air permeability of less than 3m3/hr/m2 at 50Pa.
Benchmark, sponsors of the RIBA Stirling Prize, was launched last year to offer a fresh approach to façade specification, focused on a one stop shop approach. Supported by a full team of dedicated experts and backed by the Kingspan Benchmark Total Performance Guarantee, designers are provided with a single source for all building envelope requirements. An impressive range of styles, colours and combinations are on offer, all of which maintain excellent weather resistance, thermal, acoustic, fire and structural performance - in other words: a complete envelope solution that can achieve boundary-pushing, inspirational design without compromising sustainability.
The Benchmark Team, headed by Peter Santo, provides a free service to specifiers and designers at every stage of a project and is able to assist with advice on: building design and development (technical designs and economical construction solutions within complex internal environments); application; testing; estimating and installation. Peter Santo head of Kingspan Door Components has worked with Kingspan Group since 1995 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Benchmark Business.