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Lacomet to Reed Street

South Shields recently became home to what may well be the most environmentally conscious street in Britain, Reed Street.

The not-for-profit Four Housing Group has designed and built Sinclair Meadows, Reed Street – a carbon negative development that consists of 21 residences. Designed with the well-being of its residents in mind, the project prized the long-term benefits of green building over short-term profit-making – and the model could prove to be an interesting template for future urban designs.

Best of all, the team believes that the carbon footprint from the construction will be negated within just three years.

Each of the buildings at Sinclair Meadows in South Shields has been constructed with natural materials at the forefront, such as timber frames, hemp insulation, lime render, and sustainable timber.

In addition to creating a solid structure that helps lock in CO2, these materials are largely recyclable or biodegradable if and when the buildings are not in use.

The architects have oriented the houses to the south to maximize natural light and allow the sun to heat the interior of buildings. Each roof is also equipped with photovoltaic panels, and the electricity demand for the street should be covered on-site.

The building feature a high degree of thermal insulation, so their heating requirements should be easily covered by a communal biomass boiler that runs on recycled wood pellets for fuel.

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With this in mind Lacomet FL was a perfect choice to be included in such a project. It is especially useful to combat the theft of traditional lead as it has no resale or scrap value and provides flashing solutions similar to lead. Used in combination with the Lacomet Polymer Adhesive it provides a complete system solution for the vast majority of lead flashing applications.

Due to its light weight, Lacomet does not have the same health and safety concerns as lead flashing, it is also non-toxic. It is applied in the same way as lead flashing, is easily bent, folded and cut but it does not stretch or sag like lead. It out performs lead for resistance to fatigue in tests and has almost twice the tensile strength of Code 4 lead as well as being cheaper.

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    What are the Lewis Deck sheet sizes?

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    Q: What sheet sizes are held in stock for delivery within a few days after order? A: We stock 2500mm and 1300mm sheets.  These are all 630mm wide and 16mm deep.  Deliveries are made via the pallet network directly to site.  The smaller sheets are aimed at small bathroom renovation projects and can be supplied in small numbers via TNT. 2.5* and 1.3m sheets allow for the 100mm overlap to occur over a joist, with joist centres being either 300mm, 400mm, 600mm, 800mm*, 1200mm and 2400mm*. (*2.5m sheet only) For larger projects we are able to produce bespoke sheet sizes if required, please get in contact to discuss other options for sheet sizes.

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    Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value?

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    Lacomet – How come it has no scrap value? Many of the projects that we get involved in starts with a phone call or email to us from someone researching replacing stolen leadwork. Many of these are old buildings, such as schools or churches, where this isn’t the first time that the lead has been stolen and they call us fed up with having to replace it again full in the knowledge that they will more than likely go through the same problem once more in the near future if they continue to use lead. One of the big benefits that Lacomet FL brings to a project is the fact that it has no scrap value and therefore the chances of it being stolen are massively reduced. Due to the 2 thin aluminium layers, and its five layer total construction, it is of no value to thieves. Lacomet can be recycled but the polyester based coating would need to be de-laminated first and the amount of recovered aluminum is then very low, in fact it would be easier and more profitable to collect empty drinks cans than to mess about stripping Lacomet down. We can also supply stickers that can be placed in strategic locations informing people that what is now on the roof is not lead and that it has no scrap value.

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    Why don't my Lewis sheets interlock like they do in the video?

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    Q: Why don't my sheets interlock like they do in the video? A: The sheets have two sides (one printed, one plain), the dovetails on either side are different widths, it is then necessary to alternate the sheets print up and then print down.

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