Elements Europe are a large modular manufacturer located in the West Midlands, with a factory production space, which totals 200,000 sq ft.
They provide a full solution including design, factory manufacture and site construction, acting either as main contractor or as a sub-contractor on site. The Elements Europe modular system can incorporate the installation of windows, doors, mechanical and electrical, decoration, carpets, fixed furniture and sanitary ware, all completed in the factory.
Ground floors and Foundations
Foundations must be designed in accordance to suit ground conditions. They must be level and free from defects beneath the structural framing.
Substructure Connection Details
The concrete for the substructure is constructed to a tolerance of ±5mm over 5 m, horizontally and vertically. Galvanized steel shims are added under load bearing points within the modules or on the underside of the studs within the wall panels to ensure that the gap between the bottom of the track and the foundation does not exceed the stated tolerances.
Post-drill-and-fix expanding anchors, (Hilti anchors), are used to fix holding down brackets to the foundation concrete - of a size and at centers specified by a qualified structural engineer.
The corner of each module are secured to the foundation/sub-structure using a post-drill-and-fix expanding anchor, e.g. Hilti anchor, into a suitable concrete base/slab using a minimum M16 diameter anchor bolt fixing.
Used in conjunction with ceiling element to create a separating floor. The overall depth of the cassette is 192 mm, made up as follows:
Used in conjunction with floor element to create a separating floor. Overall depth of cassette 142 mm (excl. membrane) made up as follows:
External walls forming the outer skin of the module/inner leaf of the external wall:
Party or separating walls are panels comprising- (back to back module walls):
The design, supply and installation of cladding does not form a part of the Elements Europe modules system. This will be the responsibility of the cladding designer. The standard detail drawings indicate likely fixing methods, opening details and cavity fire barriers. Project specific details need to be developed by the cladding designer to address these and the junction details between the different cladding types to meet the requirements of the building as designed for the specific project.
The most common cladding is a skin of masonry, either brickwork or blockwork, on site. This is tied back to the modules wall panels / structure with Stainless Steel dovetail and channel wall ties across a designed 50mm cavity. The channels are fixed through the insulation onto the steel studs to sandwich the insulation in place and provide a firm fixing back to the structural members with stainless steel fixings. A waterproof breather face is formed at the external face of the insulation to prevent the ingress of moisture from the cavity and air leakage from the building by taping the joints of the foil faced insulation in accordance with the supplier’s recommendations.
The system includes wall and floor elements and can accommodate various roof types, to be approved on a site-by-site basis.