Bespoke square bay lintels and the award-winning Hi-therm+ lintels from IG Lintels has ensured the character, thermal efficiency and build quality of an exclusive range of new build homes is second to none. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the Market Reach development in the historic market town of Potton consists of eighty-five luxurious three, four and five bedroom homes.
Developer Mulberry Homes’ philosophy is to ensure homes offer a strong character and identity whilst at the same time constructed with thermally efficient building envelopes. To achieve their fabric first approach, IG’s award-winning Hi-therm+ lintels feature across a range of plots while bespoke IG square bay lintels added character and increased natural daylight.
“Mulberry Homes wanted to build in a way that considered the environment, taking into account the most sustainable options for the building fabric, without compromising on the interior and exterior build quality to achieve Part L SAP calculations,” said Ben Cheetham, National Specification Manager for IG Lintels.
IG’s BBA approved Hi-therm+ lintels provided a low-cost solution to improve energy efficiency within SAP. Incorporating a thermal break, Hi-therm lintels are up to 5 times more thermally efficient than a traditional steel lintel. Hi-therm+ lintels were installed at window and door junctions accommodating different lengths throughout the building envelope to reduce heat loss in key problematic areas. This fabric first approach helped Mulberry Homes to lower carbon emissions and minimise running costs for the homeowner. Furthermore, ongoing maintenance repairs and improvement upgrades are not required with Hi-therm+ lintels unlike other costly bolt on renewable technologies.
“At Market Reach, IG’s Hi-therm+ lintels were used for reducing carbon emissions and running costs for homeowners by improving the energy performance of our newly built homes,” added Shaun Aran on behalf of Mulberry Homes.
To meet the developer’s aesthetic requirements, IG’s technical team designed bespoke heavy-duty square bay lintels that increased the surface area of the ground floor wall allowing natural light to enter the homes. The square bays 4390mm span and the perpendicular returns added a window opening with three facets, creating a large and more spacious illuminated internal living space with a unique external appearance to the properties.
With these stunning homes now complete, IG’s lintel solutions have ensured this thermally efficient and aesthetically pleasing housing development delivers on all fronts.