Catnic product: Catnic® Urban Roofing
Project name: Summer house
Project type: Self Build Ecohouse
Location: Burntisland, Scotland
Overlooking the end of Burntisland beach front, with stunning sea views, the new building has been constructed in the grounds of the owner’s former family home – a listed Victorian building. Therefore, its architectural design and the materials selected had to work with its neighbour’s listed building status and meet Building Control approval.
Furthermore, the detached, three-bedroom house has been designed with Passivhaus principles in mind to meet the best environmental standards for minimum heating use and high thermal performance - achieving a SAP* level for energy efficiency of 100 out of 100.
A contemporary juxtaposition to its traditional neighbour, the new build echoes the existing building’s roofline featuring a combination of pitched and flat roofing with three varying roof heights.
The rest of the house comprises a single and two-storey format, which covers a 140sqm footprint and features a white render finish with large outfacing glazed aluminium windows, allowing its occupants to soak up the view.
The owner, who constructed the house using a SIPS method, has also undertaken the installation of the roof. Finished in an Anthracite shade, 66m2 of the Catnic® Urban standing seam roofing and cladding system has been installed to a joisted roof. Pitched to create a double height open plan living area, it provides a striking visual contrast to the flat roof EPDM aluminium coated finish used elsewhere.
Supporting the house’s eco design, photovoltaic (PV) roof panels have also been installed. The Urban system accommodates this requirement easily with the use of a simple fixing bracket that clamps on to the standing seam upstand. This allows the PV panels to be installed without needing to put holes through the roof and keeps the installation process simple.
Having been trained by Catnic to install Urban, owner and self builder Alan Hobbett is well-placed to comment on the Catnic product and service received, he said: “I was looking for a roofing system with good eco credentials, the right aesthetics and of course importantly, because of the exposed location, high performance levels.
“To learn how to install the product I attended a Catnic Urban training day, which was excellent – a really informative and hands-on experience. The product is lightweight, easy to handle and is designed well, which simplifies the installation process considerably.
“From a technical perspective too, the Catnic team has been particularly supportive which, especially as a self builder, is much appreciated. We supplied architectural drawings initially and they came back with detailed technical drawings and have helped with any technical queries swiftly along the way - I have been impressed with the whole service and of course am delighted with the finished result. It’s been a rewarding experience. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Catnic® Urban product.”
Catnic® Urban system is manufactured to meet all relevant legislation, including load bearing for wind speed in accordance with EN 1991-4 and weather tightness in accordance with BS 5534 Parts 1 and 2. In addition, helping to meet requirements for sustainable building solutions – Urban is BRE Green Guide Rated ‘A’ and at end of life – the panels are 100% recyclable.
The latest innovation from leading manufacturer of construction products Catnic, Urban standing seam roofing and cladding system is suitable for conventional residential and commercial pitched roofing, and provides a wealth of performance and aesthetic advantages.