The process

As soon as the Panablok panels are delivered to site, installation can begin. This process can be distilled into five clear stages: For a typical 2 storey house with a pitched (sloping) roof:

Stage 1 - Panablok Foundations (Optional to a Traditional Concrete Slab Base)
Onto concrete footings lay pre-cast concrete T & L beams to form a square and level footprint, and span 1.2 metre long Panablok (half) panels between the beams. Strap the panels & beams to the footings. Using Panablok formers will ensure an accurate, square and completely level foundation.
               
Stage 2 - Ground Floor Walls
Steel sole plate (floor) channels are leveled, laid, and fixed to either the concrete beam and Panablok floor, or the solid concrete base. Starting from a stabilized corner, ground floor panels are fitted into the sole plate channels and are locked together. Door and window openings are factory engineered and bridged by special Panablok flitch plate steel lintels. Steel wall plate (top) channels are capped to the top of the ground floor panels which effectively provides a steel ring beam to carry the intermediate (first floor and roof) beams.
           
Stage 3 - Panablok First Floor
By again using pre-cast concrete T & L beams in conjunction with Panablok (half) panels, intermediate floors can be constructed cheaply and quickly. This can extend to include cantilevered walkways and balconies. The use of Panablok in the intermediate floor ensures rapid construction and its physical properties give first class thermal/insulation and acoustic characteristics.
      
Stage 4 - First Floor Walls
The first floor walls are then assembled in the same manner as the ground floor. The first floor panelled walls and openings are constructed in the same way as the ground floor walls and the entire structure can be ready to take a roof by Day 4.
        
Stage 5 - Panablok Roof Panels (Optional to Traditional Wood or Steel Roof Truss Construction)
Panablok panels can be constructed to form pitched or hipped roofs. For pitched roofs (slopes on 2 sides), gable end triangular walls are constructed in the same way as Panablok floor walls by using panels between a channel base plate and capped with a channel wall plate. Pre-cast concrete purlins (lateral roof beams) are either hung off the gable wall plates or cut into them with a channel liner. Where spans are long they will be additionally supported in the same way on internal gable shaped triangular walls. Panablok panels and pre-cast concrete rafters are then laid onto the purlins and wall plates and form the last elements to the total Panablok watertight envelope, a structurally strong, highly insulated capping to the building.
         
Finishing Stage (External & Internal)
Internal: Internal wall surfaces are dry lined with magnesium oxide or cement particle board and electric cables and water pipes are laid within the cavity between the walls and the dry lining. Not only does this preserve the structural integrity of the Panablok panels, it also allows for utilities to be installed in parallel with the construction of the external and internal walls, thereby eliminating the immensely time consuming, costly, unsightly, and messy channeling of pipes and cables into solid walls and floors post-erection.

External: To ensure that Panablok structures last for many generations, outside wall surfaces should have an external finish. For example, a wire mesh fastened to the wall panels forms the perfect substrate for a typical sand cement render. Many different forms of external finish can be applied to the panel walls such as brick slips, rendered magnesium oxide board on battens, solid masonry, cladding sheets, natural masonry sheathing, and cement particle board ship lap claddings. Numerous finishes (tiles, slates, metal sheet etc.) can also be fitted to the Panablok roof panels.