Believe it or not Brick wall is not the cheapest method for building construction?

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Compare Advantage to Brick wall

Believe it or not Brick wall is not the cheapest method for building construction?

“Wall panel is an alternative of wall system that you don’t know how is it work”

If you are the one who is involved with construction ecosystem such as developer, architect, turnkey, contractor or installer and you get the project assignment to do wall and partition so brick wall is the first choice which you are thinking of because it is lower cost than others. Of course it is truth once you figure out product price only, while brick is the cheapest materials for wall application but it can be wrong if you take another factors to calculate.

There are many factors that everybody in construction ecosystem should concern beside product price for instance construction time period, quality control, environmental issues or global trend, etc. Perhaps the result of total project cost of other wall systems after you pick them include may be lower than brick.

Wall Panel Benefits
Wall Panel Benefits

2 systems; Drywall and Wall panel, will be compared to brick wall then first of all, this column shall start from wall panel. The estimated methodology all figures by VALUE ENGINEERING (VE)

HOW TO & RESULT

The new Generation of Wall panel
The New Generation of Wall & Partition
Case study of using Wall Panel substitute AAC Block
Case study: Calculated from high rise building
Using Wall Panel substitute AAC Block summary report - USD
Using Wall Panel substitute AAC Block summary report
Brick Wall vs Wall Panel
Compare Advantage to Brick wall
Advantage of Wall Panel
Advantage of Wall Panel
Beam Slab AAC Block vs Wall Panel
Benefits Summary

Do not miss next columns, Drywall system will be compared to brick wall. Let’s find together which one is more valuable for your project!!!!

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Handling damp wall problem during rainy season

Handling the damp wall problem during rainy season
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Handling the damp wall problem during rainy season

Handling damp wall problem during rainy season

” Damp wall is one of the most common problems during rainy season. Though, it doesn’t bother you physically, but it makes the wall not looking its best. We can prevent such problem by understanding and choosing the right method for the building solution

During rainy season, the house owner will face problems such the toilet cannot be flushed and the water leak through the roof and other parts of the house. Also, damp wall is a very common problem causing the paint to peel off. Moreover, it allows fungus and lichen to grown along the wall too.

To prevent this problem, there are many methods but the house owner should understand the cause of the damp first. When it is raining, the amount of water in the soil increases. Some will leak through the concrete underground to the pillars, beams, and walls. Mostly found around the lower part of the house which is 1 meter above the ground and the house which its floor is lower than the surrounding or street level.

To explain, it is all because of the nature of the water; it flows downhill which applies to the soil level as well. Therefore, the soil under these houses will contain higher amount of water compared to the surrounding areas which located higher than these houses. Gypsum wall panels are therefore a good option for residential properties.

The reason why your wall get wet and damp
Water in the soil gets through the wall making it damped. (wall, beam, pillar)

 

There are two methods to prevent the damp wall problems as follows:

The first one is to reduce the water underneath the house which can be done by installing sub drain around the house. The sub drain should be installed quite deep under the ground level so that the water could flow to this rail then drain it out through the public drainage. 

The soil is dig to a trapezoid shape leveling the incline from the beginning to the end of the drain and has the Geotextile laid around the drain. After that, pour the construction stones then lay the drainage pipe which is porous at the top and sides.

Pour the construction stones again and cover it with the Geotextie sheet before filling the sand. The top part would be pebbles (with the mesh sheet under) or you could plant the grass to suit your liking. Think about long lasting wall board to keep it protected from rain.

How to protect your wall damp during rainy season

 
How to decorate your sub drain
Using pebbles and small plants to decorate the sub drain

 

Another way to solve the damp wall problem is to make the wall breathable. It is a way to evaporate the moisture out of the house focusing on the wall one meter above the ground. This, moisture resistance system building products should be your top priority.

There are many ways to do so, for example, using anti-condensation paints (moisture free property), using pebble wash /sand wash, as well as excavating the plaster until reaching the brick layer then install steel framing and clapboard siding afterwards (wire mesh should be installed in the back to prevent animals) or using the pre made lattice panels which have already been decorated to create dimensions to your house.

Brick wall cover with lattice panels and steel framing
Brick wall cover with lattice panels and steel framing

 

Reducing water in the soil under the house and making the wall breathable (especially 1 meter above the ground area) are the choices for the house owner to choose and apply for when they want to change up the whole ambiance of the house and to make it more beautiful; the model of the house could be the factor to consider which method to go for. Moreover, they help prevent the damp wall problems for the under construction house as well. 

 

 

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How to Use SCG Fiber Cement Lap Siding for the Interior Design?

Idea for using SCG Fiber Cement Lab Siding
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Idea for using SCG Fiber Cement Lab Siding

How to Use SCG Fiber Cement Lap Siding for the Interior Design?

“Wood is one of the interior design materials which make your house look cozy and nature-like. However, these days, we are running out of trees and wood becomes more expensive. Also, wood requires time and expenses to maintain as well. Therefore, fiber-cement lap siding is a good alternative material due to its termite-free property and durability, which can be used in the wet and damp area such as toilet.”

They also come in different textures (smooth, wood grains, and cassia texture). The lap siding can be painted over as you wish. Some models are pre pained from the factory (Mostly brownish shades). The long lasting fiber cement board lap siding used for the interior design consists of the “decorative wall panel” and “wood plank lap siding”.

Room Style, Your Style

If you seek for the natural ambiance, the SCG smartwood plank lap siding with the grain texture can be used to achieve that look. However, if you prefer the modern style, you may use the regular smooth-texture wood lap siding.

Meanwhile, the colonial style room is suitable with the lap siding which the edge is lathed.  Each SCG fiber cement sheet lap siding models may have different ways to install; some may be installed in a clapboard style; some may have the bevel to install over to hide the screw.

How to Use Lap Siding for the Interior Design
Examples of how to use the fiber cement lap siding for the interior design ( SCG Smartwood – Modeena Series )
SCG good quality Lap Siding to decorate house
How to use the SCG Smartwood Modeena decorative wall panel installing with other materials to create interesting patterns.
SCG fiber cement Lap Siding for the Interior Design
(Left): How to use lathed edge lap siding (SCG Smartwood Colonial Lap Siding) and (Right) Bevel Lap Siding which was installed without seeing any screw.
How to install SCG fiber cement Lap Siding for the Interior Design
Decorating the bedroom with fiber cement wood grains-texture lap siding (SCG Smartwood Woodplank Golden Teak)
Using fiber cemet Lap Siding idea
Decorating small corner in the bedroom with wood grains-texture lap siding (SCG Smartwood Rosewood)

Apart from the decorative wall panels and lap siding,SCG fiber board cement lap siding also comes in the form of “Cornice” for crowning the top and bottom edge of the ceiling, “Lath” for ceiling installation (smooth and wood-grains texture), “Sunshade” for room partition, and “Decorative Stair wood” for stair riser, stair tread, banisters, and landing stage installation.

However, please keep in mind that “every part of the SCG Smartwood wooden stairs must be supported with the steel framing because the main purpose of these woods is to decorate only (unlike wooden stairs that are real wood)”. Also, you must strictly follow the manual once installed for your own safety.

Idea for using SCG Fiber Cement Lab Siding
Example of how to use fiber cement lap siding around the ceilings and walls
SCG Lab Siding Fiber Cement site reference
Example of how to use lap siding to build sunshade (Left: SCG Smartwood Shading set ) and Ladder (Right: SCG Smartwood stair plank)

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SCG TRADING 40TH YEARS ANNIVERSARY – BETTER FUTURE

Top Executives celebrate the rebranding scg trading to SCG International Corporation
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Top Executives celebrate the rebranding scg trading to SCG International Corporation

SCG TRADING 40TH YEARS ANNIVERSARY – BETTER FUTURE

” SCG’s Top Executives celebrate the rebranding to SCG International Corporation Co., Ltd. “

On 19TH January 2019, SCG Trading celebrates its 40TH anniversary with a special event ‘Better Future’, inviting and welcoming over 400 business allies and customer from around the world.

Mr. Bunn Kasemsup Managing Director - scg international corporation

Mr. Bunn Kasemsup, Managing Director, gave a speech about the 3 concepts of company’s business transformation, reaffirming its status as the leader of international business. The new strategies and approaches to business operations have been developed to better correspond withthe current scenario of the market.

The first is the customer centric approach, which aims to better respond to the customers’ true demands.

The second involves the incorporation of data driven operation and technologies to bring greater satisfaction to the existing and potential customers.

Last but not least, Services and Solutions, which revolves around the company’s ability to provide products and services with high quality as well as comprehensive solutions.

Vision of SCG International

Top Executives celebrate the rebranding to SCG International Corporation

By the Year 2023, SCG International aims to be a Customer Centric and Data Driven Company with Strong International Alliances and Regional Expertise.

We will enlarge and transform our business through Digital Platform. As a spearhead, we will enable SCG strategies to Next GeNgration Growth Areas by establishing strong local presence with Complete Solutions.

Our transformation will be driven by Innovative Mindset of our employees.

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Customers and partners celebrate in SCG Trading 40th anniversary event
SCG trading rebranding to SCG International Corporation
The event welcomes guests with the exhibition showcasing the company’s profile, retrospective and future projects.

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6 Things to Concern before Building a New Universal Design House

6 Things to Concern before Building a New House
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6 Things to Concern before Building a New House

6 Things to Concern before Building a New Universal Design House

” Getting things ready makes the actual construction go smoothly and tend to finish on time. You will get a house that includes every family member’s needs without expanding too much budget. “

If you plan to build a new ” Universal Design House “, you will need to gather these information: number of your family, needs (each member’s functional needs and conceptual style), budget, duration, the knowledge of right building materials, house stories, and house plan to see the overview of your house before proceeding further steps.

1.Family Members.

Do you live in a nuclear family (husband-wife or parents-children) or an extended family (grandparents and grandchildren)? Are there elders and children in your family? These questions are for estimating the number of bedroom, bathroom and other rooms of your universal design house.

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How many family members do you have (a nuclear or extended family)? Are there elders and children in your family?
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  2. 2. Needs.
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  4. There are 3 types of needs: individual need, style and conceptual house.

    – Individual need. Gather the information of each member’s needs, including their preference and hobbies. You can discuss, ask, or observe their behavior to get the complete information. For example, if your son likes sports and music, you may have a space outside for him to play sports and a soundproofing room to cut the noise while he’s playing an instrument. If your daughter likes pets, you may need a space for your pets to run and play. If your parents like planting and are religious, you may need a garden for them to plant and a praying room. If you like watching movies, you can have a soundproofing home theater. If your wife likes reading, you can design a peaceful library or office for her.
  5. Things to Concern about building universal design House
    Each family members’ preference, needs and hobbies
  6. Stylistic needs. Stylistic need is the overview of a universal design  house. There are many styles of houses these days. For examples, a minimal modern house with interesting details, luxury classic house, innovative building soltuion , traditional Thai-style house , natural-style house that embraces you with nature, cozy contemporary house, and colonial house influenced from western art.

  7. You can look for the styles you prefer from magazines, architecture books, and internet or while you’re traveling. You may discuss in family the exterior look, interior design, building products, atmosphere, space and others to find the best solution of your universal design house.

  8. Housing Style Idea for universal design
    Style of house you prefer
  9. – Conceptual house. We concern about natural resources and environment more and more these days. Due to tropical weather in Thailand, as well as urbanization that causes limited space and air pollution, and natural diseases, various house concepts have been emerging these days, such as eco-house, healthy house, house for elders, 3-generation house, natural-disease-resistant house, and tiny house. You should list out and conclude the concept before the construction is processed. And look for eco-friendly building solutions.

  10. Housing concept in each life style
    The concept you’d like for example, eco-house, healthy house, house for elders, 3-generation house, natural-disease-resistant house, and tiny house.
  11. 3. Budget 
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  13. Having a budget in mind allows you to make an easier decision of how the construction, space and materials used should be. Budget helps you get the right universal design house without ruining your wallet.
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  15. Apart from construction expenses, your budget should cover interior decoration, furniture, drywall installation, fire protection system, exterior drywall system, drywall system for decoration, decorative wall panels, and other construction around the house and garden.
3 part of Budgeting to build universal design house
The budget for building a new house should be divided into 3 parts: construction expenses, interior decoration, furniture and other construction around the house and garden.
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  2. 4. Picking the date of completion 
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  4. makes it easy for you to make a plan, manage your time and get ready for each process, such as land reclamation which may take a while, information gathering, when should you get the house plan, authorization process, finding a contractor, as well as earning money for each payment round.
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There are many process before getting a house done. You should pick the date of completion so that you can manage your time and get ready for each step.
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  2. 5. House storey 
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  4. The number of the storey depends on the size of land, house, and number of family member. However, there might be a legal limitation on land use, for certain areas, on types and size of building, as well as empty space. For example, as stated in ministerial regulation no.35 (1992), any type of building is prohibited in certain areas in Hua Hin District, Prachaup Khiri Khan, except one-storey single building with height less than 6 meters.
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  6. The total space of the building is restricted to 78 square meters. Each building must have at least 4 meters away from one another and at least 2 meters away from land of others. The space around the building is at least 75 percent of total area, and must be at least 20 meters away from the beach, or at least 12 meters away from Khao Tao reservoir. Therefore, check on the law for the height of your building.
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The number of the storey depends on size, number of family member, and land regulation.

 

6. A desired house plan 

You need a house plan to build a new universal design house with sound block insulation or noise reduction insulation. There are 4 ways to choose: hiring a contractor to build a house plan that you’ve get for free, hiring an architect for house plan and you provide a contractor, hiring a construction team, and building a precast house.

Each way has its own pros and cons. Consider carefully to get the best approach for your budget, land size and limitation, as well as consider relationship between you and people involved in the construction.

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You can choose to get a construction team, hire an architect, use a free house plan or build a precast house.

       After getting needs, budget, plans, green building solution, and the preferred approach for house plan ready, you can start making house plan or construction process as you wish.

 

 

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Where can artificial wood be used?

SCG artificial wood usage
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SCG artificial wood usage

Where can artificial wood be used?

“With the touch and natural feeling “wood” is all time favorite material”

         Nowadays, there are wood replacement production which is known as “synthesis wood” or “artificial wood” ” which are often known as intelligent building solution. It could be used instead of wood for both interior and exterior use for lath, lid, wall decoration, floor, crown molding, soffit, eave board, fence. It could also be used as a lath or bind lath with no less beautiful than real wood.

         Another important thing is weight capacity and flexibility which are deferent from real wood. So, it is not recommended to hold a lot of weight such as structure ex: pillar, house beam, joist, roof batten and rafter , and other building products or building materials. Also, not recommended as a wood flooring. Artificial wood is more suitable as a floor decoration. If it is place above 50 cm from ground, it is recommend to be place on a concrete floor for a strength and safety.

SCG artificial wood usage inspiration
A lath decoration covers a pillar, or a blind lath as a partition and for more privacy
artificial wood application idea
use as a box for plant plot or decorate vertical garden’s wall with pattern of artificial wood.
SCG artificial wood Site Reference
Artificial wood decoration for a relax corner in natural garden
SCG artificial wood installation
Artificial for space decoration and blind lath with a hold to place a small flower plot.

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