Metricon use Matrix cladding at Mernda.
Did you know that rendered masonry had risen from a low of 3% in 1995 to more than 32% of the external cladding market by 2005? Research also shows that this look tends to appeal to consumers who like a minimalist, understated and smart look for their homes.
Of course, painted render isn’t the only look that appeals to people who like an understated look. The Scyon™ range provides a number of cost-effective options. Scyon™ Axon™ and Matrix™ cladding typically cost the same or slightly less than face brick veneer because they both speed construction due to their panel-like construction and smooth paint-ready surfaces.
Melbourne-based Metricon Homes recognises the cost-effectiveness of Scyon™ Matrix cladding, for example, having used the product in a new display home in Melbourne’s Mernda estate.
Metricon builds about 2,300 homes a year – 1,700 in Victoria and 600 in Queensland.
General Manager of Project Housing Will Lamb says while there’s no denying that Metricon’s a volume business, its approach is to “try and figure out what the market’s interested in and deliver that”.
On its Laguna display home, the Metricon design team has teamed Scyon™ Matrix™ cladding on the upper storey with face brick on the lower. General Manager Project Housing Will Lamb said the choice of the product was not solely construction-driven.
“The design team would say they like the way the cladding comes down over the brickwork,” he says. “Because the gap’s not as big, they see that as having an aesthetic purpose. The Matrix is there because it’s all part of the look. It’s also a viable alternative to face brickwork because the cost is within reasonable reach.”
The fact that the Matrix cladding is installed using the Scyon™ cavity trim means that Metricon can continue to use windows sized to suit a brick veneer reveal. Frames typically come to site suited to brick veneer, which means that the lightweight claddings will be packed out off the frame, on horizontal timber and vertically installed Scyon™ cavity trim battens, to suit this reveal depth. In addition, because Scyon™ cavity trim can be installed off stud and can span a maximum of 800mm centres, no extra studs are needed.
This type of lightweight cavity construction (which can be used not only with Matrix cladding but also with Stria cladding) delivers improved energy efficiency. Not only can bulk insulation be added inside the wall frame, but an air gap is created to insulate the building. Reflective vapour permeable membrane can also be used to further improve the insulating benefits of the external wall. The air gap also helps improve the wall system’s acoustic performance and is considered good moisture management practice.