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Cladding made easy

Cladding made easy

Designed and manufactured by Nichiha Corporation, Cemintel Territory offers significant advantages and cost savings over traditional fibre cement products—making it an ideal choice for multi-residential builds.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

There are many reasons why Cemintel Territory™, a pre-finished, lightweight cladding system, is one of the most popular claddings used for multi-residential builds in Japan, explains Cemintel's Lightweight Systems Manager Jonathan Brooks.

“It’s low maintenance, fast to install and fully Codemark certified, which is why it has rapidly gained popularity for medium density housing since it was first introduced to New Zealand in 2014.”

But that’s just for starters.

The Cemintel Territory range is available in 20 different finishes to create multiple aesthetic styles—from smooth, precast concrete and stone to textural timber-look finishes.

And, because all the panels are the same size and use the same system, they all fit together without needing multiple different junctions between various suppliers’ products.

“With just one supplier, it’s a very simple system for architects and designers, which is the reason we’re seeing quite an uptake in New Zealand.

“The fact is, councils are encouraging multiple cladding options on developments to give individual homes a unique character so they don’t all look the same. Cemintel Territory can provide the look of multiple products all in a single system and they can be installed by one licensed builder. Because they come from the same supplier, it’s easy for architects and designers to de-risk the building programme.”

Evocative of the erosive powers of ancient rivers, Cemintel Territory Riverbed (Left: Sandstone, Right: Gravel) calls to mind a dry, winding mystical channel of sand, pebbles and silt eroded over time and left to weather where waters once flowed.

Cemintel: multiple benefits for specifiers and building owners

Unlike traditional products, Cemintel Territory is pre-finished, so there are no sub-trade delays. Once it’s applied to the building, scaffolding can come down quickly—there’s no waiting—to deliver cost savings.

But one of the most significant advantages of Cemintel Territory is the low maintenance it delivers. The product only needs washing once a year and a UV protective coating keeps it looking good after 30 years.

“That means at least two or three maintenance cycles can be removed, which represents huge long-term cost savings for customers, whether they’re building a rental complex or they’re selling to homeowners,” says Jonathan.

“As it has been designed and manufactured in Japan for 30 years—by the country’s biggest supplier of claddings, Cemintel—architects and designers have the reassurance of knowing it is an extremely high-quality product that’s tried and true, having been tested in a country with similar climate and earthquake movements as New Zealand.

“It’s dimensionally very consistent. You don’t get the sizing differences that you find with other products,” says Jonathan. “You definitely don’t get desalination or swelling of the panels.”

Cemintel Territory Riverbed (middle) is joined by Cemintel Territory Savanna (left) which is inspired by the hazy savanna landscape and Cemintel Territory Quarry (right), which mimics the raw, unpretentious nature of excavated stone.

Cemintel: compliant with New Zealand building standards

The other advantage is that it has Codemark Certification that covers many different types of buildings—any building within the scope of NZS3604 with timber framing up to three storeys. The Codemark Certification also covers buildings outside the NZS3604 standard so you can also provide cladding for buildings up to a wind load of 5.40kpa.

“That’s unusual,” says Jonathan. “As far as I know, there’s no other building system which has a Codemark outside NZS3604.”

Specifiers should also be aware of the wide range of finishes beyond what’s readily available in New Zealand.

“For larger projects, we have access to the wider Japanese range, which has well over 250 different finishes including multiple stone finishes and about 35 wood finishes. But for those we have extended lead times, so contact us early to see what’s available in order to meet your project deadlines,” Jonathan says.

Learn more about light-weight cladding system solutions available for your next project.

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