A system of interlocking weatherboard profiles manufactured from extruded aluminium, suitable for temporary housing projects. A range of styles is available, all supported by a common system of flashing and trimming components. All visible surfaces are factory-finished in either powdercoat or anodised colours. No fixings are visible on a completed installation.
Nu-Wall has been tested and appraised by BRANZ as being compliant with the requirements of the NZ Building Code. At approximately 5Kg per square metre, although tough and resistant to damage, the product’s mass is a fraction of that of comparable cladding materials.
Installation is straightforward and can be effected by any competent tradesman; no specialist processes are involved. Initial overall cost is similar to other weatherboard-type claddings when everything is taken into account. Long-term cost of ownership is vastly reduced due to the long-term durability of the aluminium and the finishes applied, which only requires washing to retain their appearance.
Processes involved in estimating the Nu-Wall materials required for a project aim to minimise waste from unusable off-cuts. Any waste accumulated is fully recyclable, as is the entire material, ultimately, at the end of the building’s life. The wide range of profiles and finishes available allow for individual aesthetics to be achieved within the parameters of a common product and installation processes.
When considering the suitability of Nu-Wall for temporary housing, an obvious benefit is that of the product’s low mass, facilitating off-site production of a building. The product’s long-term durability would also play a part, assisting with ensuring suitability for future redeployment of housing units to other areas of need.