- M-System delivers earthquake resistant houses. In what way is it different from conventionally built houses?
- The M-System is earthquake resistant, lightweight and sound as well as heat insulating. What
- other facts are there that the M-System is a superior building material?
- Is M-System an environmentally friendly product?
- Can M-System be used for high-rise building or is it limited to residential houses?
- What are the standard dimensions of M-System Panels?
- How are panels connected to each other?
- Is M-System difficult to build?
- Can I receive training on the installation of M-System?
- Is M-System easily transported to distant locations?
- Is shotcreting necessary in constructing the M-System?
- What is M-System mortar made up of?
- Are M-System jobs difficult to supervise and do they pose high risk of deviation or error?
- Are plumbing, wiring, etc (M & E) different in the M-System and how are they accomplished?
- How long has M-System been in Indonesia and how many projects have been completed using this system?
Technology of M-System
1. M-System delivers earthquake resistant houses. In what way is it different from conventionally built houses?
The growing frequency of earthquakes everywhere and the resulting destruction over the past decade shows the importance of constructing earthquake resistant structures. For a conventionally built house to resist an earthquake, it needs to increase its safety factor. An increase in safety factor makes houses bulkier and heavier which leads to increase costs. M-System buildings remain structurally solid against the effects of an earthquake. M-System has been lab tested in Italy to withstand vibrations equivalent in magnitude to a 8.0 Richter earthquake without sustaining damage.
2. The M-System is earthquake resistant, lightweight and sound as well as heat insulating. What other facts are there that the M-System is a superior building material?
Apart from being innovative, M-System is a high quality product because it has the strength of structural concrete but is lightweight. This lightness allows structural elements to be substantially reduced in size resulting in lower cost for the foundation.
M-System requires much less concrete compared to its conventional counterpart because plaster and screening are 2.5 to 5 cm thick. For standard wall panels the mortar used for plastering consist simply of cement and sand.
3. Is M-System an environmentally friendly product?
M-System is environment friendly as it uses less material (cement, sand, coarse aggregate, timber, etc), is energy efficient because houses built using this material have much less energy losses through low conductivity, and is non polluting as the superfoam can be recycled into new superfoam. It is also not prone to termite’s attack and it is perfectly safe for human being.
4. Can M-System be used for high-rise building or is it limited to residential houses?
M-System is the most versatile, technologically advanced and state of the art building material that can be used in just about any type of building construction. It is an excellent building material for houses and just as suitable for high rise buildings. A building using full M-System without conventional columns can reach up to 20 floors. M-System panels can be used as exterior facades or partitions to any building height.
5. What are the standard dimensions of M-System psanels?
The standard width of an M-System panel is 1.2 meters with varying lengths of 2.50, 3.00 and 4.00 meters. Thicknesses vary from 40mm to 240mm depending on structural design.
6. How are panels connected to each other?
Panels are easy to cut and assembled on site. Joining one panel to another is achieved by tieing the overlapping meshes provided in the panel to the adjoining panel. Another method of joining is by the use of a plane mesh to hold the two panels together.
1. Is M-System difficult to build?
M-System is easier to build than conventional system comprising of masonry or concrete blocks. Anyone can build using M-System following a short period of briefing and training which we are happy to provide. Becoming familiar with shotcreting is the key to successfully building M-System. Panels are lightweight and can be handled by hand without the need for heavy lifting equipment. The ease of building with M-System reduces the overall construction time.
2. Can I receive training on the installation of M-System?
We welcome anyone interested to be an applicator of M-System. Please contact us for further information. All qualified candidates will be provided free training on the method of construction and will be granted free supervision on their first job by M-System experts.
In order to be an applicator, a range of engineering and structural parameters of the M-System have to be learnt and understood. Technical specifications, when provided, are to be strictly observed.
3. Is M-System easily transported to distant locations?
Transporting M-System is easy as panels are light and do not require special handling. The inert nature of the superfoam and galvanized steel allows the panels to be exposed outdoors even under rain without risk of damage.
4. Is shotcreting necessary in constructing the M-System?
M-System panels rely heavily on the strength and consistency of the concrete. To obtain highly compacted and good quality concrete, shotcreting is required. There are two types of shotcreting equipment – the fully mechanized or the hand sprayer. Shotcreting is the perfect tool when speed and efficiency are required for a construction project.
5. What is M-System mortar made up of?
The ingredients of M-System mortar are ordinary cement, sand, MS powder and water. Cement and sand are mixed in the ratio of 1: 3 by weight to give strength equivalent to K-300 in concrete.
6. Are M-System jobs difficult to supervise and do they pose high risk of deviation or error?
Just as M-System is easy to install, the supervision, risk of foul play and unintentional (human) error are also easily controllable and kept within tolerance. This is due to the limited number of loose items (whole panels, sand, cement and limited amount of steel bars) involved that reduces the chance of error, mishandling and theft.
7. Are plumbing, wiring, etc (M&E) different in the M-System and how are they accomplished?
Plumbing and wire installation in M-System is similar to conventional systems. The materials used are similar with the only difference in the sequence of the work. For M-System, installation of M&E is carried out prior to shotcreting the plaster. Conventional systems require chipping of concrete and masonry after it is built to install the M&E. As there is no chipping of concrete and masonry in M-System, the installation work can be achieved with considerable ease and speed.
1. How long has M-System been in Indonesia and how many projects have been completed using this system?
M-System is a popular system used in many western countries for the past thirty years. It is recommended not only for its merits but also by building authorities for its energy saving properties. M-System was first introduced to the Indonesian market in early 2008. Despite the global economic recession, in just 8 months since beginning of production, M-System acquired 20 projects. Since then, demand for M-System has been increasing exponentially in line with increased public awareness.