RIBA Core Curriculum
- Design, construction and technology
- General Awareness
The purpose of this CPD is to provide you with an overview of the Corium brick cladding system. You will see from the opening slide how the system is put together. It consists of a HPS200 horizontal rail, an extruded clay tile and a historic lime mortar.
In this section
- Tile options and standard colours
- Size options
- Third party accreditation
The product is ideal for both new build and refurbishment projects.
Shakespeare House, Hackney, London is a refurb.
In the UK we hold samples of approximately 200 variants in the standard colour range. Additional colours can be sourced from the producing factory and new matches can be obtained with 4-6 weeks lead time.
This project at Loughborough College had 16 different colours and was installed vertically into the rail, if a new colour is produced then there may be an initial cost for the trials. There is also a tight radius on this project – 2.9m. The price differential between standard and glaze tile is approximately 20%. This is still considerably cheaper than traditionally glazed bricks which are circa £150 per m2.
A semi glazed tile can also be produced as per these images, they are within the standard price range.
On these images you will see that there is a 4 colour blended and this can be done at the factory, architects can create their own blend with various colours or shades. There is a small cost for the blending in the factory.
The tile size options with the Corium system are as follows:
The system has a few specials that are part of it.
CM1, external corners – there 3 types of these, cut to the degree and lengths required and sent to site for site bonding. Cut and stuck option which is manufactured completely at the factory to the degree and lengths required and a purpose made 90 degree corner which is bonded on to a section of rail and then clipped into the horizontal rail/clip only in 215mm x 102mm dims
CM2, stopend tile – these tiles are normally used when the glazing is virtually flush with the brick tile.
CM3, soldier brick tile – these tiles are manufactured from a large format tile and cut to size to replicate a soldier course. There is an alternative where the tile can be turned vertically and fitted to a horizontal support.
CM4, air brick tile – these brick tiles are specially made to allow airflow through the system mostly on timber frame buildings.
The system is also in the Association of British Insurers Red Book.
The accreditation is with the BRE and the certificate number is 082/01. Within this document it states that the system has a design life and life expectancy of 60 years. This is assessed on the exposure of the system such on the exposed environments such as sea front and at power stations. Stainless steel rails would be required in this application.
CWCT testing – we have recently completed some additional testing for applications where Corium has not been tested on before. You will see from the image it’s a complicated test rig with everything you can think of it.
You’ve reached the end of the CPD. To make sure you’ve taken on board the key learnings of this course, please fill out the quick multiple choice Q&A below. This will certify that you have completed the CPD and provide you with an email certificate, which, if the course is accredited, you can share with RIBA.