Are Quantum Walling Systems fast to install?
Yes, and significantly so. A two-man semi-skilled team can install the system in a third of the time it takes to install the drywall equivalent.
Watch the video below for design module and panel timings from a recent installation.
Are Quantum Walling Systems fireproof and non-combustible?
Those Q-Wall Systems designated with a 'P+' have been fire tested to EN 1363 and 1364 standards and contain only A1-A2 rated materials, a copy of the full tests are available upon request.
Those Q-Wall Systems designated with 'P' are not fire rated but will perform to 30 minutes.
Can services be installed into Q-Wall panels?
Conduits and wireways can be manufactured into the panel cores as an option, including socket and light switch cut-outs to client specifications and location.
Can the Quantum Walling System be adapted at site?
DfMA promotes the planning of all eventualities before construction starts, however change does happen.
Q-Wall System's allow lateral adjustment of an elevation through reconfiguration of panels or more subtle adjustment, catering for build tolerance, by upto 150mm. Q-Wall panels can be swapped out at any stage and replaced with alternative sizes, specification or service inclusion.
Are the Q-Wall Systems completely panelised?
Yes, all our systems are designed via our parametric module configurators, such as openings and feature less walls, specifically for each project. These designs, based on client data, are then adapated for specific detailing, and formed into total elevation panel kits that are manufactured at our factory facilities and delivered to site with full installation instructions.
How does the MotionFrame Compression System work?
The Modular Walling System uses two key components (the MotionFrame Compression System) to place the total elevation into bidirectional compression.
Every base track mounted panel includes, at minimum, one leg to deliver vertical compression to the soffit, and elevations are finished at their exposed ends with typically three Spreader components to deliver horizontal compression. The combined forces ensure that the elevation is rigid and performs as a solid wall.
How are door and window openings formed?
Openings can be formed as modular frames off site and delivered as fully formed panels ready for a simple and fast installation. Or, if preferred frames can be fabricated on site from standard studwork and laminated panels delivered to fit the fabricated frames.
What size are the base channels and head angles?
All our current Modular Walling Systems are based on 50mm and 95mm Stud and U channel base track profiles.
How do Q-Wall Systems work at junctions?
Each junction has a starter stud profile that the rebate of the abutting panel locates and slides into and fixed into position. Unlike standard drywall systems an additional stud is not required within the adjacent wall, the starter channel can be fixed directly to the adjacent panel.
In some cases we will screw the board to the starter bar if we cannot apply compression at the opposing end of the wall
Is the Quantum Walling System a total dry fit solution?
Subject to specification, yes.
Setting out of all head, base and side-tracks require fixings and the method is no different to a traditional drywall process.
Panel installation uses standard industry profile studs, but not in the same way as a drywall build. Yes, they offer rigidity and reinforce inter panel strength, but they are not required as a fixing point. The engineered laminates integral rebates and MotionFrame compression system ensure the individual panels remain in position and offer a flush front and back face for final finish.
Junction details may require fixing subject to compression.
What loading capacity do Quantum Walling Systems have for accepting kitchen and bathroom units?
Q-Wall panels can accept up to 58kg per fixing when using suitable fixings.
However, as with any wall fixing into traditional systems, consideration should be made for cantilevered weight, screw centres and wall specification. Generally, kitchen and bathroom units can be fixed directly to the panel without the need for pattresses
Does MotionFrame offer a design service?
Motion Frame will produce manufacturing and installation drawings from site surveys or to client’s drawings.
We will offer design assistance and advice on the use of our systems
What kind of finishes are used with Q-Wall Systems?
The Q-Wall 75P system requires a fill finish to the 3mm joint followed by a light rub down and is then ready for painting.
Q-Wall 75P+ and 175P+ systems require filling of the 3mm joints and a skim finish for aesthetic purposes.
OMNILINK LSF CONNECTOR FAQ's
Can OmniLink LSF Connectors be used with all major manufacturer's systems?
Yes – All OmniLink designs are applicable to all major manufacturer's systems. Subtle variations in profile see the principal design amended to enable unhindered telescopic movement of the LSF Connector within the new profile.
How do I know which OmniLink LSF Connector to procure?
Whilst we continue to expand our portfolio of LSF Connectors, contact us with your steel frame supplier’s details and we will advise on stock availability or lead times based on the information provided.
It is our aim to publish our inventory of available LSF Connectors, by manufacturer, on this site shortly to simplify the purchasing process
What is your design process for LSF Connectors that have yet to be developed?
Once MotionFrame have received the dimensioned profile details from the manufacturer we then create the concept design for prototyping and testing.
Mold profiles are then formed for volume manufacture and delivery – these designs then form part of the OmniLink portfolio and are then available for new and ongoing projects.
What is your low impact retrofit installation process?
In collaboration with a leading LSF manufacturer the OmniLink-Q was Fire tested to demonstrate its effect on a standard 90-minute party wall.
The LSF connector performed exceptionally well, did not detract from the wall’s performance, and due to its unique design, enhanced the integrity of the wall allowing the elevation to perform better than its 90 minute design time.
Legacy works and the applied retrofit solutions must have the lowest disruption, time and cost impact on the build project and its residents. Upgrading the incumbent drywall system with the OmniLink-Q LSF connector will avoid the need for total elevation demolition and the decanting of residents.
MotionFrame are not installers, however we have developed a set of installation principles and guidance for retrofit fixing techniques that are issued as standard.
Where specific retrofit installations have bespoke requirements, such as party walls with single sided access only, we work with the client to design a suitable retrofit fixing solution.
Have the OmniLink LSF connectors been fire tested?
Yes, OmniLink-Q has been tested within our new build system for 1 and 2 hour walls to PN EN 1363.1 and PN EN 1364.1
The OmniLink-Q has also been tested within a 2-hour party wall as a retrofit solution at a UKAS established test centre.
How do OmniLink LSF connectors improve the embedded carbon footprint of my project?
There are several ways in which the system has an impact on your projects sustainability credentials and here are few of the major ones.
They give architects and designers the confidence to specify correctly dimensioned stud lengths directly from the manufacturer, encouraging lean sustainable manufacturing and unnecessary transportation of excess materials. They therefore also avoid the need for onsite stud cutting and the associated waste and waste management.
In addition, and in a retrofit scenario, the OmniLink-Q coupled with the low impact installation process avoids total wall demolition and typically impacts on the removal of only 5% of the existing elevation.
This isn’t an exhaustive list as we are continuing to address our green credentials, but we will publish our data once concluded.
COMFORTFRAME IWI FAQ's
What thermal performance can I expect?
A traditional untreated and as built solid wall property typically delivers U-Values of between 2.07 and 2.30 w/m2k.
The ComfortFrame IWI System will significantly improve the thermal characteristics of external walls and deliver U-Values in the range of 0.28-0.32 w/m2k
Does the ComfortFrame IWI System have an impact on living space?
Retrofit IWI systems do have an impact on internal floor areas, however the ComfortFrame IWI System is the most efficient of its kind and is 35% slimmer than a traditional drywall IWI treatment.
Is the ComfortFrame IWI System fixed to the external wall?
No, the system is installed internally and in front of the external wall with a small void separating the two.
Fixings for tracks are ceiling and abutting wall mounted only. The ComfortFrame IWI Systems are therefore thermally decoupled from the cold external elevation and avoids the risk of condensation forming at a traditional drywall system’s fixing points.
Are ComfortFrame IWI Systems fast to install?
Yes, a typical room is completed in one day including decoration
Will there be any plastering requirements?
No, once the system has been erected and joints have been filled, decoration can start immediately.
What level of disruption and mess can be expected?
Nominal,- there will be two visits to the property. Firstly the required elevations are dimensionally surveyed to enable manufacture. Once the order is ready the final visit will be to complete the installation.
With regards to mess, there is a level of onsite material trimming to perform, which is executed outside. Due to the nature of a manufactured system this level of waste is nominal and typically less than 1% of the total system supplied.
Do we need to decant residents?
No - each room is dealt with in isolation and requires little working space to install the system.
Are ComfortFrame IWI Systems hard wearing?
Our laminated panels are categorised as severe duty and capable of absorbing significant impacts, reducing the lifecycle costs of maintaining your rentable stock.
Can residents fix things on the walls?
The Comfort Frame IWI System uses high performance rigid boards.
Pictures, mirrors, bathroom and kitchen cabinets can all be fixed to the ComfortFrame IWI System without the need for patrices or pick-up studs.
What are the systems environmental credentials?
The ComfortFrame IWI System benefits from sustainable material sourcing and lean manufacturing processes.
Are ComfortFrame IWI Systems fire rated?
The Comfort Frame Performance Plus System comprises of only A1,A2 rated materials so can be used as an IWI system in projects over 18m
What build instructions are available?
Each ComfortFrame IWI System’s elevations are detailed, and panel layouts are provided for the installation team.
What training is available and how do we know that installers are competent?
MotionFrame provide initial on-site training for installation teams. This then leads to inclusion on our registered installers scheme.
Is technical support offered during and after the installation?
Our ethos is to provide a whole system solution, we work with our clients to ensure our products perform to their very best throughout the lifecycle.