Building Systems

CLT construction

CLT stands for “cross-laminated-timber”.

It is a new, highly engineered, type of massive timber that is created by gluing multiple layers of wood, crosswise and under pressure, together to make massive panels.

The cross lamination makes these wood panels extremely strong; they do not bend or deform like natural wood logs or beams.

They are factory produced and pre-cut with millimeter precision, allowing the building structure to go up in no time.

As wood is many times lighter than concrete or steel, the buildings are much lighter and require much less foundation.

Healthy, breathy and isolating by nature, CLT is a great ecological and sustainable solution. It can be produced with relatively young, purpose-grown trees and does not require the felling of age old forest trees.

The precision and smoothness of the walls means that a CLT construction can also be finished easily, with any traditional finishes like plasterboard or more modern alternatives. Some qualities are even beautiful enough to leave unfinished.

Massive timber is also fire-safe: it’s actually very hard to set massive timber on fire, and CLT structure maintain their integrity for hours.

As this is a relatively new technology, CLT is not available everywhere – yet. Yet RentalBuild knows how to design and source CLT construction in many markets. If you’re interested in CLT, let us know!

Building Systems FAQ

What building systems do you use?

As we build around the world – from Russia to Australia, from the US to Africa – we have firsthand experience with all building systems, and we know all their pro’s and con’s.

Reinforced Concrete Structure? CMU? Wood framing, steel framing, light steel framing? Been there, done that.

But we’re also at the forefront of new construction technology. Many builders are slow to adapt, but we know how to make buildings more efficient to build ├índ to maintain.

So we’ll probably also tell you about Insulated Concrete Forms, Cross Laminated Timber, SIP’s/MgO Panels…

Because that insulated floor slab, that keeps houses warm in Canada and Scandinavia, may also be a great solution for Moscow or Queenstown.

The SIP’s panels from Australia may be the perfect solution to build in the Caribbean.

With RentalBuild, you’ll reap the benefits of our worldwide knowledge base.

Building Systems FAQ

Can you build anywhere?

Yes, our architects are familiar with climates, construction systems, and building codes around the world.

In fact, we often beat local providers because that great insulated floor slab we’ve seen in Canada is the perfect solution for cold Russia; or because the screw piles we’ve used in Australia are also the perfect foundation for that resort on St. Lucia!

Building Systems

SIPS construction

SIPs stands for “structural insulated panels”.

“Structural” means that SIPS do not need any external structure – no wood frame, no metal frame, no reinforced concrete – nothing.

“Insulated” refers to the fact that the core – 80-90% of the panels – is made of a high performance isolation materials like PUR, PIR or EPS.

“Panels” refers to their shape: SIPs are panels, usually 120cm x 240/300cm high – which makes construction extremely fast.

For investment properties, SIPs are interesting for multiple reasons:

  • fast construction, so your rental return starts (many months) faster
  • insulation: low HVAC and high comfort
  • light: so they requires much (much!) less foundation (so less money “sunk” forever into the ground).

There’s only one negative: because they are so light, they lack a bit of mass for acoustic damping. With a little precaution though, this can be solved by adding some mass or sound insulation where needed.