Building with Large Clay Blocks by Theodor Hugues

By Theodor Hugues

Bauen mit großformatigen Ziegeln so vielfältig wie unterschätzt. Acht ausgewählte Bauten zeigen, was once technisch wie ästhetisch möglich ist.

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G. 25 mm natural stone, into chases in the masonry reveals and support it on brackets every approx. 600 mm. e Cut an opening in the masonry for the shutter operating cord if a special brick with a ready-made opening is not being used. Horizontal sections through roller shutter box, window, radiator recess f The brush or lip seals to the opening for the shutter operating cord cannot completely rule out heat losses at this point. g A clay roller shutter box requires a min. 80 mm bearing, 150 mm on the operating cord side.

B Furthermore, the “surface of the wall” presents problems. Although the render to the plinth can continue down into the lightwell together with the background, such small areas of render complicate the construction. The area can be rendered before mounting the lightwell. c If requested, some manufacturers will position the rebate at the top of the lightwell externally. An inconspicuous edge is thus possible. d Below ground level seal the joint between the buildings with flexible sheeting. The small loop of excess material is necessary to accommodate movement.

G The building trade is divided on the best method of constructing a rendered plinth on properly fixed perimeter insulation batts. At least two coats of impermeable render (suitable for plinth work) will be necessary on splatterdash and a galvanised background, additionally reinforced if necessary. Whether the normal render thickness of 20 mm is sufficient for this type of detail is questionable. The render that extends into the ground must be protected against long-term saturation. 45 External basement wall with perimeter insulation Horizontal section through prefabricated lightwell 46 Vertical section through prefabricated lightwell a Fixing a lightwell to a wall with perimeter insulation is not without its problems because the insulation should not be penetrated or, at best, only minimally.

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