NOVATOP systemNOVATOP is a comprehensive building system of large-format building component panels made from cross laminated solid wood (CLT - Cross laminated timber). NOVATOP components are made of kiln dried European spruce slats assembled into multiple layers. The layers themselves are then rotated 90 degrees (degree symbol)to each other consecutavily until the desired design width has been achieved. The sections are glued to each other butt to butt and face to face with non toxic, natural and formaldehyde free polyurethane adhesives. The adhesives comply with the most stringent German and Swiss environmental standards for interior and exterior structural timber building components. All panels are characterized by high strength, stability and extreme static load capabilities. Due to the very low moisture content (10% +/- 2%) and the glued cross lamination of it's components, the building panels exhibit extraordinary dimensional stability and are naturally resistant to changes in humidity.
The possibilities with NOVATOPThe unique properties of NOVATOP facilitate innovative construction solutions and present an inspiring challenge for architects. The advanced technology of NOVATOP eliminates the flaws of common wooden structures and significantly increases the quality of constructed buildings. The simplicity of construction details, reduction of assembly joints and simple wall composition are other advantages of this system. The straightforwardness of the building process contributes to the speed and overall economy of this construction method. The system suits itself ideally for single family homes, apartment buildings, schools, standard additions or 2nd story additions, townhouse infills, backyard cottages and commercial construction.
Swiss Know-HowNOVATOP is made in the Czech Republic of local spruce under strict environmental regulations. The manufacturing process meets the highest certification standards (PEFC, Natureplus, ETA, etc.). All components are manufactured by state-of-the-art CNC equipment based on CAD data and using digital surveillance of the whole production process. While the production takes place in the Czech Republic, the system was developed and tested in Switzerland.
Energy efficiency, Passive houseThrough it's inherent airtightness by construction methodology and the proper sealing of construction joints and openings and penetrations, NOVATOP buildings are very energy efficient and easily achieve either passive house standard or even more, net energy surplus. Every building receives blower door testing prior to exterior insulation to ensure proper sealing. All tests performed have achieved less than 1 air exchange per hour. NOVATOP is supporting member of the Passive House Centre in the Czech Republic. CLThouse can facilitate communication and certification by the Passivhaus Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.
The beauty of natural woodBeautiful exposed wood surfaces as your finished walls wether sanded as is, stained or oiled. Wood is proven to improve the actual living experience in a room, be it your home, your office or a school. Visual timber offers entirely new possibilities in shaping architecture and very elegantly articulate portions of rooms with a modern interior. It is also very easy to finish these walls partially with gypsum board, because the walls are already truely flat and plumb, without variations.
NOVATOP system is composed of 5 basic elements:
Massive, large NOVATOP panels are made to exact specifications, with window and door openings as well as routing for electrical/ plumbing lines precut/ routed inside the massive panels . The ceiling and roof system panels can be prepared in the factory with or without thermal and acoustical insulation as well as conduits for lights, ceiling fans, speakers or other devices. These ready-made panels are shipped directly to the construction site where they will be unwrapped and immediately erected (just in time), ready to receive final roofing for a complete dry installation/ construction process, which takes a days, not several months.
The structure is being erected either on a traditional sill plate (PT or non-PT) or directly (on level shims) on top of the concrete foundation/ slab foundation and mounted with stainless Simpson Strong Tie special CLT foundation connectors per the structural engineers specification. Exterior wall, interior wall, floor , ceiling and roof panels are jointed using non toxic adhesives and mechanical connectors. All construction details are available here: http://www.novatop-system.cz/en/downloads/files-to-download/ After erecting and roofing the structure, the windows, the exterior insulation layer, followed by a rainscreen , air ventilation gap and the final siding layer is installed. The roofing and siding system can be anything the designer specifies.
Windows and doors are specified by the designer to fulfill the specific requirements of the project, often triple glazed units. The interior NOVATOP panels can be left in the visible quality of solid spruce wood or applied with drywall in preparation for finished painted walls, wallpaper, or tile in wetrooms. Electrical wiring and device boxes are CNC routed out and the cabling is placed on the exterior between structural wall and insulation. To accomodate plumbing, in the kitchen or bathrooms a traditional stud wall is build. Detailed installation instructions can be found HERE.