NBAU Blog Takeover – Week 18



Week 18 – South Cladding, courtyard decking

01/11/21 – 05/11/21



Monday – 01/11/21

The external door sill alteration trial seemed to be a success, so this solution was applied to the four other remaining doors.


Continued replacing sill detail to external doors.


External vent ducts had been installed with a supporting horizontal wooden batten installed by the M&E team, however this batten created a water table next to the membrane. To solve this, small C shaped spacer blocks were cut and jammed between the membrane and batten.

Tuesday – 02/11/21

First stage of cladding prep – cutting the one end of the boards to ensure a square end to then measure the length.

Wednesday – 03/11/21

I was joined by Steph on site, so we kicked off with finishing the cladding to the south facade. We had an efficient process, but had a few issues with setting out when we got to the corner detail. Some boards had to be removed to amend the spacing and fixed back up.
We also painted the medite boards.

Thursday – 04/11/21

Finished with the south facade cladding and front door reveal was installed.
Continued prepping cladding boards. We worked out each elevation requires approximately 130 boards. To prepare one board there are 3 stages to the process, cut one end square, cut the other end to length and then cut a 30 degree chamfer on the top for water run off. It is important for each of these processes to use a stop block when cutting for cutting efficiency.

Friday – 05/11/21

Installed medite strips to north and east elevations to protect the breather membrane rain water below the cladding.


The hopper and downpipe was installed on the south facade.

Courtyard taping – the top of the medite strip and external door was taped.


The remaining courtyard decking was installed.



A note from Studio Bark

No Building As Usual is an ambitious student build project running for 10 weeks over the summer of 2021. The programme addresses the climate emergency, diversity in the built environment professions, and the need for cross-industry collaboration.

Many thanks to blog and NBAU project collaborator NMITE

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