As part of the regeneration of Glasgow’s Shawlands area, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) recently embarked upon the recent refurbishment of 1265 Pollokshaws Road, a block of maisonette homes located above a mixture of shops and a car park.
The four-storey building, constructed of “bison” precast concrete panelling in the 1960s, comprises a 50/50 split between GHA and private ownership. The project received ECO funding and the private homeowners also received grant-aid funding from the city council due to the non-standard construction of the building.
To address both thermal performance, and aesthetic appearance, main contractor, City Building Glasgow, engaged the services of expert EWI installer, AC Whyte.
Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system was specified for the project because it is perfectly suited to overcladding existing properties. AC Whyte installed the system with a 60mm phenolic insulation and finished it with Silkolitt silicone render in 3 subtle pastel shades.
The challenging installation could only be overcome with a large degree of technical expertise from both Alumasc and AC Whyte who worked closely together to ensure a successful solution.
Firstly, the precast concrete panel exterior and its various substrates meant that AC Whyte and the Alumasc technical team had to carefully consider the fixing type to ensure a robust fix. Secondly, the existing façade featured a series of timber frame panels under the windows. Drawing upon Swisslab’s versatility, AC Whyte and Alumasc were able to employ careful detailing methods and the use of expansion joints. This led to these panels being “designed out” resulting in a simpler monolithic appearance which is much fresher and modern.
Finally, the car parking area below the flats, was also one of the main causes of poor thermal performance, and this was also given the Swisslab treatment with its soffits treated to insulate the exposed floors of the first floor flats above.
Giving his seal of approval to the scheme, Eric Conquer, Asset Planning Manager at GHA, said:
“The refurbishment work completed by Alumasc and AC Whyte at Pollokshaws Road has made an enormous difference. Our customers are really happy with the way the building looks, and their homes are now much warmer.”
For more details call Barrie Robertson on 07720 883 693.
For information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here.
Alumasc’s Technical Director Mark Gibbs explains what specifiers should be looking for in their chosen EWI system for high-rise and why safe installation is paramount.
Specification for the multi-storey application of External Wall Insulation is very different to that of low-rise projects, with health and safety procedures being a key consideration in the thermal upgrade of high-rise buildings.
EWI is a cost effective method of achieving the thermal and aesthetic upgrade of buildings. EWI has been used in the UK for the refurbishment of high rise projects for over 25 years. The solution is particularly effective for, although not limited to, high-rise social housing schemes of non-traditional or traditional type construction. Condensation, water ingress and the poor thermal performance of many of these blocks has been addressed by specifying EWI, providing a U-Value to comply with current Building Regulations.
EWI System Build-up for High-Rise
To achieve the thermal requirements of the project, the appropriate type of EWI insulation board is mechanically and adhesively fixed to the substrate. A polymer modified reinforcing base coat, incorporating a fibreglass reinforcement mesh, is then applied. Once this has fully cured, there is a choice of finishes ranging from traditional dash or painted renders, to more modern through-coloured silicone renders.
High-rise EWI specification is different to that of low rise because the insulation boards must be adhesively and mechanically fixed. Wind load calculations are essential and the edge zones, external corners and openings require increased mechanical fixings to accommodate higher wind loads. The calculations must always be conducted by Structural Engineering Consultants to ensure structural stability, required performance and system longevity.
Specified EWI systems must be officially accredited and approved for use in high-rise application. A large scale fire test or reaction to fire test is required for the system when used above 18m in height.
As well as through-the-wall square metre rates, there are additional detailing considerations compared to low-rise. These include parapet, lightening conductor, CCTV, external lights, robust window cill details, ground floor entrance areas etc.
It is critical that all the detailing is robust and installed as per specification. Once the wall access is removed any repairs are more difficult and costly to address than for low-rise projects.
Scaffold ties should be fixed in the most practical locations and protected scaffolding is recommended. Alternatively, mast climbers are an economical and faster track option for EWI install but offer less protection to newly installed work. Programming considerations should always allow for weather conditions.
EWI is a cost-effective and energy efficient solution for high-rise blocks allowing for an aesthetic transformation of the building and the surrounding area. Improved thermal performance results in less fuel consumption and therefore less CO2 emissions leading to a typical saving of around 30% on tenants’ heating bills.
For more information on External Wall Insulation click here or please call us on 03335 771 700.
We can rely on the constant unpredictability of the British weather, yet every winter seems to descend on the construction industry with an element of surprise. Year after year, as untimely conditions put pressure on build projects, we continue to endure missed deadlines and increased costs. But this has been addressed by Alumasc Facades, who have manufactured the perfect solution, allowing work to continue during low temperature conditions.
ST MINERAL K RENDER
Alumasc’s ST Mineral K Render offers far quicker setting times than silicone render during winter months, giving installers greater flexibility to apply the product in extended periods of bad weather.
It is touch dry in just a few hours.
Suitable for use across all Alumasc External Wall Insulation Systems and also for direct application onto solid walls, ST Mineral K Render is lightweight, yet highly impact and weather resistant, whilst also remaining vapour permeable.
The product can be left with its original white finish without the need to paint, or alternatively can be overpainted with Alumasc’s Silicone Facades Paint which opens up a contemporary, wide-ranging colour palette.
Alumasc’s ST Mineral K Render is eco-friendly, manufactured using only natural materials (mineral aggregates, and white marble grain) and is available with a rolled texture in 2, 3 and 4mm grain sizes, boasting Class 0 surface spread of flame.
The product is manufactured under ISO 9001: 2008 and ISO 14001: 2004 Quality and Environmental Management systems and is fully BBA approved.
For further information, please call Alumasc on 03335 771 700
An award winning Cheshire property has been refurbished using Render Systems from Alumasc. Owned by David and Margie Edwards, the magnificent Bankhall House was originally completed in 2008, to a traditional Georgian/Queen Ann architectural design, earning them the prestigious title of Daily Telegraph Best Traditional House in the UK for 2010.
Following some initial problems with the original render system, David Edwards embarked on a 4-month study of the render market, in search of a system that would complement and protect his beloved Bankhall.
Following rigorous research into suitable products and approved contractors, David, brought in Alumasc Registered Installer Bruce Day of Cheshire Facades, who, according to David, “worked alongside Alumasc’s technical team to show passion above and beyond that of their competitors”.
David, Bruce, and the installation team, worked closely together in the investigation and resolution of the initial render problems, and specified Alumasc’s MR Polymer Render System with a decorative Silicone Render finish, as the solution.
Bruce Day has a well-established relationship with Alumasc and was confident that their products presented the right solution for Bankhall House. He comments:
“The traditional architecture at Bankhall presented a number of challenges with regard to application of the chosen render system. Intricacies in the stonework of the main house and also balustrades and plinths in the garden, demanded a robust system that could be easily applied. I have always found Alumasc systems easy to work with and in this case they also provided a perfect ‘cream’ colour match to the existing finish.”
David and Margie are thrilled with both the installation process and the result. David comments:
“Activity on site was reviewed daily by Cheshire Facades, and snagging was an integral part of my relationship with Bruce and his installers. Bruce insisted, “Our work must satisfy the customer – always”. I was also aware that render products have developed technically since the original installation, and Alumasc were able to offer all of the “cutting edge technology” required to give us the result we wanted. We feel like we’ve been given a new house.”
Alumasc Polymer and Silicone Render Systems are BBA Approved and fully warrantied. They are less susceptible to cracking and crazing than traditional plain render and are fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable.
For more information, click here or call Andy Gait on 07876 773064.
As Alumasc Facades continues to develop its product and services offer nationwide, EWI contractors and installers in Scotland are benefitting from new Alumasc premises in Glasgow. Based just minutes from Glasgow City Centre, the Scottish Head Office in Kinning Park, presents a far more convenient location for visitors, with close links to the M8 and M74.
Over the last 3 years, Alumasc Facades in Scotland have seen a steady increase in sales in both the refurbishment and new build sectors. This increased activity has brought about a requirement not only to accommodate growing staff numbers but also to provide a more convenient location for Alumasc’s expanding customer base, who previously had to travel more than 10 miles out of Glasgow when visiting.
The new Head Office is based on the Milnpark Trading Estate and is home to the Sales and Technical teams as well as Alumasc’s state of the art Warehouse and Distribution facility. Barrie Robertson, Alumasc’s General Manager for Scotland, explains:
“As we experience further growth in the housebuilding, healthcare and education sectors, it became apparent that our location needed to be more central. As a forward thinking company, Alumasc decided to make the move, enabling us to effectively deliver on our commitment to the needs of local construction colleagues.
“This move is indicative of the strong position currently being experienced by Alumasc in the facades sector and reinforces our provision of the highest quality products and customer service in Scotland.”
Alumasc’s Managing Director in Scotland, Lorraine Dunsire, concludes:
“Alumasc are keen to ensure that we can not only support our existing clients to full effect, but that we can also accommodate all of the new opportunities currently happening across Scotland, maintaining our reputation for the very best Technical expertise. The new premises has given us room to grow and to welcome future opportunities with confidence that we are well-equipped to deal with them successfully.”
For more information, call Barrie Robertson on 07720 883 693.
Swistherm from Alumasc, has been installed on 25 park homes in Suffolk, in a bid to help tackle fuel poverty amongst the elderly residents.
West Suffolk Council partnered with Alumasc’s Registered Installer Cornerstone Limited, to carry out the installation and improve the thermal efficiency of the homes at Shepherd’s Grove Park in Stanton, which were suffering from poorly insulated walls.
Cornerstone carried out all necessary adaptions and remedial works to prepare the properties for the insulation, given that these comprised a number of different park homes styles in various states of repair.
Before the works began, initial pull-out tests were completed to determine the mechanical fixings and fixing patterns required. Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system was then installed with premium grade EPS insulation and finished in Alumasc’s 1.5mm decorative silicone render, with the homeowners being given a choice of colours.
The new system has significantly improved the previously poorly insulated walls, achieving a U-Value of 0.29 W/2mk, with the insulation also securing a 25 year insurance backed warranty. In addition, the decorative render coat has rejuvenated the properties, improving the overall aesthetics of the scheme.
Cornerstone reports that homeowners are now benefitting from warmer and more thermally efficient properties, which has in turn significantly reduced their energy bills. The feedback from homeowners has been wholly positive, with numerous reports of greatly improved warmth and comfort.
For more information on Alumasc’s Swistherm system, click here
For more information on Alumasc’s silicone render, click here
Images and technical information courtesy of Cornerstone Limited
Two outstanding refurbishment projects from Alumasc have been Highly Commended at this year’s INCA Awards.
The Awards represent the flagship event for the external wall insulation (EWI) industry designed to recognise and promote the quality of installation carried out by INCA members. Alumasc also received recognition for 4 additional projects which were all shortlisted in their respective categories.
The first of Alumasc’s projects to be Highly Commended was Seagate Court in the Domestic Refurbishment High Rise category.
The project had been subject to rigorous weathering due to its coastal location in East Wittering - and it required a major external overhaul.
2200 square metres of Swistherm EWI was installed to all exterior facades of the four blocks by Alumasc’s Registered Installer Primars Coatings of Middlesex. The system was insulated with a 90mm EPS and finished with Alumasc’s high performance silicone render.
The second successful project was Pine Street in Durham, where over 100 properties had their appearance and energy performance completely transformed by the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system.
Alumasc’s Registered Installer Westdale Services, installed the system at the scheme, with a 90mm grey EPS insulation and finished with a brick-effect render.
In addition to the recognition for its installations, Alumasc is proud to announce that Greg Curtis was also Highly Commended in the Outstanding Achievement Category for Training.
With over 25 years’ industry experience, Greg has helped develop many careers in EWI installation. As a loyal member of the Alumasc on-site technical team, he always strives for the best possible install when coaching and training both approved and new installers.
Greg is an ambassador for quality workmanship and the high standards that INCA promotes to our industry.
For more information, visit INCA here.
The new Alumasc Ventilated System has been used to create an unusual addition to a beautiful detached property in Oakham, Rutland.
The property, owned by Phil and Marianne Valiente, is of Canadian timber frame design, so it was therefore important that a system was found to complement the existing construction.
K&M Interiors of Melton Mowbray, were recommended to the owners for the external rendering. Being an Alumasc Registered Installer, K&M had extensive experience in the use of Alumasc systems. Following lengthy discussions about the benefits of the Ventilated System, it was specified for use on two separate extensions; one being a single storey to the rear of the property, accommodating a new kitchen/diner. The other, a two storey extension, would accommodate additional upstairs space and a reconfigured downstairs area, with living room, office and downstairs WC.
When used as part of a timber frame construction, the Alumasc Ventilated System is quick and easy to install, presenting a more efficient and sustainable alternative to traditional brick and block methods. It offers an engineered, stylish facade solution, designed to provide a fully ventilated cavity, which keeps the timber substrate moisture-free.
The project was finished in Alumasc’s Silkolitt 1.5mm silicone render in white and the system is also compatible with brick slip finishes.
Marianne Valiente comments:
“We were looking for a modern, high performance product that would incorporate the existing cedar shingles, whilst meeting our time constraints and the requirements of our local planning department.
“K&M talked us through the Alumasc system in great detail and we compared it to the alternatives. After receiving quotes for other solutions, we agreed that the Alumasc Ventilated System was vastly superior and offered us better guarantees. We had a lot of contact with the team from K&M, and found them to be professional, highly knowledgeable and very helpful.”
“K&M Interiors did a great job and we’re thrilled with how it looks. We’re now even considering having some of the brickwork at the front of the house rendered.”
The Alumasc Ventilated System has been rigorously tested, resulting in compliance with all UK building regulations (Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales) and it became British Board of Agrément certified in May 2015. It also offers the option of use in off-site construction and adheres to the requirements and guidelines of both the NHBC and TRADA.
For more information please call Nigel Walters on 07720 883694.
Following the Government announcement to scrap its zero carbon homes policy last year, the Greater London Authority (GLA) is continuing to pursue a policy of zero carbon homes.
As outlined in the Housing Supplementary Planning Guide from 1 October 2016 the Mayor will apply a zero carbon standard to new residential developments in the capital.
The Housing SPG defines ‘Zero carbon’ homes as homes forming part of major development applications where the residential element of the application achieves at least 35% below the national energy efficiency standard set in Part L of the 2013 building regulations; however, any remaining on-site emissions that exceed the zero carbon target will be offset through a cash-in-lieu contribution to the relevant borough.
Funds will be ring-fenced to secure the delivery of carbon dioxide savings elsewhere.
- Stage 1 schemes received by the Mayor up until 30 September 2016 – 35% below Part L 2013 for both residential and commercial development.
- Stage 1 schemes received by the Mayor on or after the 1st October 2016– Zero carbon (as defined in section 5.2 of the Housing SPG) for residential development and 35% below Part L 2013 for commercial development.
A Bristol social housing scheme is benefitting from an extensive £5million refurbishment, which saw Swisslab and Swistherm from Alumasc as the chosen EWI systems.
Built in the 1960′s of concrete panel construction, Brandon House was experiencing problems with structural movement which had caused a catalogue of building defects. In addition, the scheme also suffered from poor insulation leading to condensation, mould and water ingress.
Bristol Council commissioned a programme of works, which included the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation to around 90 flats within the block.
Alumasc’s Registered Installer Rateavon, installed the systems with 60mm phenolic and 110mm EPS insulation, to address the previous issues, improving thermal efficiency, reducing heating bills and extending the life of the building. The systems were specified partly due to the fact that the 60mm phenolic insulation would not encroach on the limited space down a number of narrow walkways – and in addition Rateavon have a long track record of working with Alumasc products, and their installation skill was required around a number of intricate concrete columns.
Swisslab is Alumasc’s market leading EWI system used for overcladding exisiting properties, whilst Swistherm eradicates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth. Both systems are BBA Approved, offering an effective life of over 30 years.
For more information on High Rise EWI, contact Lee Carter on 07801 253 798
The Scottish Government has made it possible for more people to make their homes warm and water-tight through a new £10 million fund.
The pilot scheme in Glasgow, Argyll and Bute and Perthshire will provide equity loans of up to £40,000 to home owners on low incomes to help them make essential repairs to leaking roofs and building structures – work which is often necessary before energy efficiency measures like EWI can be installed.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart announced the pilot, commenting:
“Making sure everyone has access to a warm and affordable home is a priority for this Government which is why we have committed half a billion pounds over the next four years, meaning over £1 billion by 2021, to tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency.
“We know leaking roofs and poor building structures can drive up energy bills and make them more difficult to heat, but for low income households they can often be too costly to repair.
“This £10 million scheme will provide households with loans to carry out essential repair work and install energy efficiency improvements.
“This will help us make homes warmer and easier to heat, with our record investment already resulting in two fifths of Scottish homes now being in the top three energy efficiency ratings – an increase of 71% since 2010.”
David Bookbinder, Director of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, said:
“It has always been clear that equity loan schemes offered by commercial companies won’t be attractive to owners. We therefore warmly welcome this Scottish Government pilot initiative which offers a really good deal for owners who have some equity in their property but can’t afford to pay regular loan interest.
“As well as facing the challenge of dealing with energy efficiency and other works in mixed tenure blocks, a number of community based housing associations would also like to work with their local council to tackle fully private tenements which are in poor condition and an increasing blight on the area. Widening the range of financial options for owners can only increase the chances of making this happen.
“GWSF very much hopes that the scheme can be expanded across Scotland after this pilot in three council areas.”
For more information on SEEP (Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme) Equity Loan Scheme , visit the Energy Savings Trust website.
The number of households in England, is growing at the rate of over 220,000 per year, but worryingly, the last time more than 200,000 homes were built in a single year in England was in 1988, with only 124,520 new homes built in 2014/15.
To enable growth in output among existing firms, an increase in new entrants to the industry and to make better use the of the large numbers of skilled small contractors who would have the capacity, a number of major barriers
need to be addressed. These barriers and structural constraints are feeding into this serious loss of capacity in UK house building.
Issues which continue to effect SME house builders, have been pinpointed as follows:
- Access to finance for small developers and new entrants
- The availability of suitable and viable small sites
- Disproportionate cost, complexity and delay in the planning system
- Excessive demands for developer contributions placed on small sites
The FMB conducts a yearly survey of its house builder members – and this year’s results make for an interesting read with regards to these points.
Key findings from the survey include:
- Two-thirds of SME house builders cite a ‘lack of available and viable land’ as the biggest barrier to increasing numbers
- Half of SMEs see the planning system and difficulties accessing finance as other serious challenges
- 40% believe the construction skills crisis is now presenting a major impediment to building more homes
- The under-resourcing of local authority planning departments is the most important cause of delays in the planning process
- A high proportion of SMEs believe that consumer demand for new homes remains resilient, even in the wake of Brexit
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said:
“The biggest challenge facing SME house builders is the planning process. Councils need to find a way of allocating and granting planning permission for more small sites. The current focus on large sites is squeezing out smaller developers, which is reducing competition in the housing market at a time when we need more, not less, choice. The limited supply of opportunities for small scale development is one of a number of key structural constraints that has seen the number of homes built by SMEs decline from around two thirds in the late 1980s to less than a quarter today.”
In response to an ever-developing Facades market, Alumasc is continuing to expand its on-site technical support, this time with the recruitment of Patrick Aldridge.
Patrick joins the Alumasc team as Site Technician for the South East of England, bringing with him more than 13 years’ experience in construction, with previous roles in surveying, contracts management and time spent as an EWI installer.
Being fully conversant in modern construction methods, Patrick sees the move to Alumasc as an opportunity to maximise his skills with a company that thrives on innovation. He says:
“I have always been impressed with Alumasc’s approach to the delivery of quality products and their commitment to product development.
“My previous experience of the Facades industry will serve as a solid foundation to my new role – I already know what to expect on site and what the clients and contractors will expect from us.”
Alumasc Facades has seen a sustained period of growth which has called for constant development of their product portfolio in order to meet changing demand, most recently seeing the launch of their new EWI Guttering range and the highly advanced Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS).
Patrick intends to be fully involved with Alumasc’s ongoing research and development programme, commenting:
“The Facades industry is having to constantly adapt with the need to overcome issues brought about by changing weather, housing requirements and aging housing stock. For manufacturers to remain competitive they need to supply high quality products at the right price WITHOUT cutting corners.
“Success can only be achieved by staying one step ahead of the game – introducing relevant new products and systems, which are practical and actually work.”
Alumasc pride themselves on strong relationships with their industry colleagues and have delivered some of the UK’s most successful EWI schemes of the past 60 years.
For more information on the full Alumasc Facades product range, visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk or call Patrick Aldridge on 07464 491 908.
2 outstanding projects, made thermally efficient using EWI Systems from Alumasc, have been acknowledged at this year’s Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards in Yorkshire and London.
The recent installation of Alumasc EWI systems for Rykneld Homes in Derbyshire has resulted in massive improvements in the energy efficiency of 328 homes and has led to Alumasc and their Registered Installer Westdale Services Ltd, being chosen for phase 2 of the project in Renishaw.
Using ECO funding, the £2.3m project used Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI, which is perfect for overcladding existing properties. Westdale Services, installed the system with grey 80mm EPS insulation and finished it with a “Snowdrop” coloured dash effect on a grey render basecoat. To add aesthetic interest to the properties, brick-effect render detailing was added around the windows and door frames, tinted and shaded to remain in keeping with surrounding traditional brick houses.
Westdale Services, EDF Energy and Rykneld Homes proudly picked up the Award for ‘Large Scale Project of the Year’ at the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Awards.
Meanwhile, at the Ceremony for the Greater London region, a private residence in Kingston, using Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system with Grey EPS insulation, was Highly Commended.
Architect David Howel-Evans explains:
“The new house in Kingston stands on the site of a former bungalow that was demolished as the first step of the construction phase. The Architects were given the opportunity to design the building from scratch and to resolve some of the environmental issues which were presented by the site.
“The EPC for the house makes it A rated, achieving Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. To do this a key component was the external envelope – its walls, windows and roofs are very highly insulated. The walls utilise Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation which the Architects selected for its very high insulation levels, but also as it offers a good deal of flexibility in the design and modelling of the deep openings found in the design. The robustness of the Swistherm system was also a key point in its favour over the many thin coat external render systems on the market. The result, as can be seen from the photograph is extremely successful, a compliment to all those involved in its realisation.”
For more information on Alumasc’s Swistherm system, click here or call Area Sales Manager Joe Dawson on 07720 883 677.
The consultation was published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in June this year, with these main objectives;
- to provide interested parties with visibility of the DECC’s high level vision for supplier obligations to 2022
- to set out specific proposals for a first set of reforms, to be delivered from 2017
- to seek views on both the proposed changes for this first year transition and the high level design for the longer term (2018-22).
The response from INCA, calls on Government to double the target for SWI measures in the 2017 ECO transition period.
Analysis undertaken by AgilityEco on behalf of INCA shows that the cost estimates in the Government Impact Assessment are overstated by more than £200 million and that the ECO support required to deliver SWI is much lower than assumed.
The response also highlights that the low target is likely to be achieved even before the new scheme begins and the resulting hiatus could reduce industry capacity for future years.
INCA will continue to work with DBEIS to ensure that the target for SWI under ECO is based on accurate evidence and a strong focus is given to SWI in order to tackle fuel poverty.
Alumasc Facades have carried out their very first project using Cork as a decorative finish – and it’s causing something of a stir.
Set on harsh coastal salt-marshes in Essex, the beach house project was the brainchild of owner Marcus Taylor, who had a vision of creating something extraordinary that pushed boundaries in terms of both aesthetics and environmental synergy. Having drafted in Architect Lisa Shell, the two worked together to realise the vision, named Redshank, after the resident wading birds, and the result is quite remarkable.
Marcus Taylor was responsible for the initial idea, inspired by the Maunsell sea forts, which are visible from the beach house. Used as platforms for anti-aircraft guns in the second world war, the forts are imposing four-legged pods that can’t fail to leave an impression on anyone who sees them. Marcus also knew from the outset that he wanted Cork as the finish. He comments:
“I was interested in achieving a finished surface out of the same materials that formed the structure and the weathering skin. The idea of using cork started as a joke, due to its buoyancy – the site floods at high tide – but the more we explored its characteristics, the more appropriate it became.”
Architect Lisa Shell was completely onboard with the vision and was keen to cover the house in a material that represented the “fusion of nature and technology”.
Alumasc supplied its Swistherm External Wall Insulation system with 150mm Cork as the decorative insulation panels to the final design, which is a 48m2 one-bedroomed living space, constructed from CLT (cross laminated timber). It stands on three steel supports, which not only tip a nod to the Maunsell sea forts, but also ensure the construction remains sympathetic to its surrounding by offering minimum impact on the natural habitat of the salt marsh. Cork covers the top, underside and all four walls of the exterior; insulating, waterproofing and naturally changing colour with the weather, sitting perfectly alongside the local vegetation.
For more information about Alumasc’s Cork Insulation system, download the brochure here or call Area Salesman Joe Dawson on 07720 883 677.
Images courtesy of Lisa Shell Architects
Over 100 properties in Stanley, County Durham have had their appearance and energy performance completely transformed by the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation system.
Alumasc’s Registered Installer Westdale Services, installed the system at the scheme which comprises a mix of social housing and privately-owned homes, mostly terraced. Swisslab was installed with a 90mm grey EPS insulation and finished with a brick-effect render. The project was financially supported by both Durham County Council and the ECO scheme, with private homeowners contributing a small percentage of the cost.
The properties were constructed around 1900, and so the toughest challenge preseted by the project was to preserve the detailing and heritage of the homes – this was paramount to its success in terms of both community and resident satisfaction.
This challenge was met by the use of Alumasc’s Rendabrick, with the colour and detailing matched perfectly to the original construction. The versatility of this product allowed period features, such as stone sills, to be replicated, whilst ensuring the replica brickwork was “true” in terms of colour and style.
Furthermore, the Victorian constructions had been the subject of various additions and extensions over the years. This meant that although the main construction was solid brick, some of these extensions had cavity walls. Both Alumasc’s and Westdale’s technical expertise was invaluable when it came to dealing with different insulation requirements that this presented.
Alumasc and Westdale worked closely together to identify a suitable cavity fill insulation which could be used on these areas prior to the brick render installation, thus ensuring continuity of thermal performance and appearance.
A further challenge was presented by the weather which saw the installers often working in
cold, wet and windy conditions due to the area’s exposure to the elements. The combination of Swisslab’s ease of installation, and Westdale’s extensive EWI experience meant the impact of these weather conditions was minimal.
Speaking about the project, Alumasc Facades Area Manager, Tyrone Lawton, comments:
“The transformation of these homes is very impressive – not only do they look fantastic – blending entirely into the surrounding area – but residents are reaping the rewards in terms of energy cost savings and better thermal efficiency.
“It’s worth highlighting that every single private homeowner opted to take part in this project which is in itself very impressive – a 100 per cent take up is rare, especially when financial contributions are involved.”
For more information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here
Alumasc Facades have been a trusted manufacturer of External Wall Insulation systems for over 60 years and have now applied their knowledge of the building envelope to a brand new EWI Gutter Range.
EWI Gutter from Alumasc Facades, has been designed specifically to address the problem of cold bridging at eaves level whilst creating an aesthetically pleasing and cost effective alternative to standard verge trims on refurbishment projects.
As refurbishment of existing properties continues to trend, the new EWI Gutter system offers architects and home-owners a retrofit solution with a newbuild look. Gone are the days of rotting timber and brittle, sun-damaged PVC, Alumasc’s EWI Gutter presents a long-lasting, low maintenance alternative, manufactured in Aluminium to provide a clean, contemporary finish.
Box and Ogee are available as standard profiles, and with manufacturing taking place at Alumasc’s plant in the UK, bespoke profiles can easily be provided.
Bringing the benefits of Alumasc’s on-site technical knowledge and support, together with a network of Registered Installers, EWI Gutter is lightweight, quick and easy to install, with lifetime maintenance costs being far lower than those presented by high-maintenance alternatives. The product is supplied painted, in black, white or grey as standard, with additional colour matches available on request.
Technical Director for Alumasc Facades, Mark Gibbs, comments:
“As a trusted supplier of External Wall Insulation systems, we work on hundreds of projects that are subject to design restrictions inflicted by retrofit rainwater systems. Having developed our own system, to perfectly complement the quality finish of our facades, we have opened up a range of new options to architects and designers, which allow for a far more contemporary ‘newly built’ look.
“We are also aware that our colleagues see advantages in a one-source product offer. They already know Alumasc offer unrivalled products and technical support, so the addition of the EWI Gutter system further supports the whole process whilst also addressing ever-important budget considerations. It is widely acknowledged that Aluminium presents greater value for money over the lifetime of the product. When installed to Alumasc recommendations, the result is a long-lasting solution that can withstand the rigours of the British weather for just as long as the EWI.”
For more information, please call Alumasc Facades on (0) 3335 771 700.
A new commercial development in the heart of Shropshire has benefitted from an Alumasc Render finish – creating a stunning, contemporary appearance with maximum appeal for new businesses.
Designed by Barry Prince of DGA Architects and managed by Main Contractor Matrix IDC Ltd, Shrewsbury Business Park is an ongoing development, which has just moved into Phase 2, providing 15,000 square metres of office space including 929 square metres of mixed use facilities.
Developer Alaska is providing custom buildings for individual companies, and aims to create further opportunities for local businesses, and regional and national firms seeking a presence in the area.
The first phase of 6 hectares is complete with about 15,000 square metres already built. Units are being added to the business park on a regular basis and Alumasc’s high performance Silkolitt Silicone Render has been specified for all blocks.
Installation of the system is being carried out by Alumasc’s Registered Contractor J Minton plastering, with a 1.5mm topcoat, which will ensure a low maintenance, highly impact resistant finish for the life-time of the buildings.
For more information on Alumasc’s ST Silkolitt Silicone Render, click here, or call Area Salesman Nigel Walters on 07720 883694.
Having boasted a BBA Approved product portfolio for many years, Alumasc has further strengthened its service offer by gaining BBA Approval under the U-Value and Condensation Risk Competency Scheme.
The Scheme seeks to promote and assist accurate, objective and consistent calculation of U-Values and condensation risk within buildings.
To gain the Approval, Alumasc completed four separate stages, in which the appropriate technical competency and in-house procedural controls had to be demonstrated to ensure that calculations offered under the scope of the scheme will be accurate. Those stages were:
- an initial screening
- an office inspection
- validation and conclusions
- ongoing surveillance
Registration under the scheme provides reassurance to any specifier or user that the services or data being provided are supplied by an individual or company that has been subject to a rigorous independent assessment process. They can therefore be assured that this output is representative and reliable.
Alumasc also now have the facility to overwrite default u-values, which is particularly relevant for funded schemes where the carbon capture score is crucial. These calculations are obligatory for every funded project in Scotland.
For more information, call Alumasc Facades on +44 (0)3335 771 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As EWI products constantly evolve, manufacturers are under constant pressure to present the industry with new and innovative ideas.
Alumasc already have an impressive portfolio of products, designed to improve the thermal efficiency and aesthetic appearance of virtually all types of construction, whether new build, refurbishment, or non-traditional. But when properties are built or refurbished amongst existing properties, the need for them to blend seamlessly into their surroundings, can sometimes be restricted, if available renders don’t quite match the existing finish.
To address this need, Alumasc’s Registered Contractor Westdale Services Ltd have taken Alumasc’s Rendabrick to the next level.
Introducing Art Brick
Westdale Services have developed Art Brick – an advanced brick effect render that can be tinted, textured and coloured to match into any surrounding brick, allowing a limitless aesthetic choice.
Having worked with Alumasc products successfully on numerous projects, Westdale Services started development of the new Art Brick render system in order to increase the options available to both newbuild and refurbishment projects that might otherwise have encountered planning issues.
With more properties being built on small plots of land in between existing properties, the need to blend with the surroundings has become more widespread, and Westdale felt there was a requirement for a finish that offered increased depth of colour and additional textures.
Suitable for both newbuild and refurbishment, Art Brick can provide any colour and texture, with long-term durability and protection from efflorescence. The result is a cost effective brick façade solution that can be installed without the requirement for pre-made brick slips or corner brick slips.
It is suitable for installation onto any EWI system, including the exclusive Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS). When used with AVS, Art Brick provides a decorative rainscreen solution for timber frame and steel frame construction, offering specifiers, homeowners and housebuilders the widest and most cost effective choice of external wall solutions on the market.
For more information on AVS, click here
For more details on Art Brick, contact Area Sales Manager Tyrone Lawton on 07720 883 650.
Most housebuilders have used or have considered using modern methods of construction (MMC) in the past three years, research from the NHBC Foundation has recently revealed.
For the new report – Modern methods of construction: views from the industry - NHBC surveyed 135 large and medium sized housebuilders and housing associations to gauge attitudes towards MMC, and the extent to which different methods and systems had been adopted.
The research showed that one of the main attractions of MMC “is the perceived ability to build more quickly and there is some evidence that MMC can lead to a reduction in costs,” NHBC said.
The most commonly used methods were components and sub-assemblies which around three quarters of the surveyed housebuilders and just under half of the housing associations installed in 2015. Panelised systems – such as timber and steel frame – were the second most popular.
Few of the companies quizzed had used full volumetric construction or pods, NHBC said. But many were contemplating using them in the future.
And the majority considered themselves to be “late adopters” or “followers” of volumetric construction, pod and panelised forms of MMC rather than “market leaders”. There was “lower enthusiasm” within much of the industry for more radical versions of MMC, but NHBC said that housebuilders had still been taking advantage of a range of innovative approaches.
Neil Smith, NHBC’s head of research and innovation, said:
“This report shows the high hopes invested in MMC, as a means of delivering transformational change to the housebuilding industry, have not yet been realised on the scale anticipated by its champions. It also illustrates that although cautious about over-commitment, the industry is nevertheless embracing MMC in many guises, and stands ready to explore new options and innovations.”
The recent installation of Alumasc EWI systems for Rykneld Homes in Derbyshire has led to more Alumasc systems being used at phase 2 of the project, in the Renishaw area of Chesterfield.
In order to engage the local community with the forthcoming refurbishment, Rykneld organised the Renishaw Community Fun Day, inviting Alumasc approved installer Westdale Services who installed the new EWI during the phase 1 works.
Having worked closely with Alumasc on phase 1, Westdale extended the invitation to Alumasc Area Salesman Nigel Walters, who also went along to chat with local residents about the planned improvements. Local groups and organisations were also there raising money for the local school.
Nigel explains: “When residents are faced with major refurbishment works to their homes, it naturally raises a number of concerns. Westdale and Alumasc worked successfully on the previous phase, so by being available at the Fun Day to answer their questions, we were able to present them with all the facts and offer peace of mind.
“When residents see their landlord working so closely with the manufacturer and installer of the EWI system, it reinforces how serious we all are about giving them warmer, more attractive homes, with the least amount of disruption possible. We are all working together to get the job done as efficiently as we can.”
Rykneld have a housing stock totalling more than 8000 properties, 3000 of which are of non-traditional construction types such as Reema, No Fines, Unity, etc. The insulation upgrades will hopefully continue year upon year until all of the traditional and non-traditional properties are refurbished.
Phase 1 has recently been entered into the INCA 2016 Awards – read the full story here.
The latest in thermal imaging technology shows the striking transformation that the quality installation of Alumasc EWI systems has brought to social housing residents in North-East Derbyshire.
Housing Association, Rykneld Homes, embarked on the refurbishment of 328 homes in the villages of North Ringfield, Pilsley, Tupton and Dronfield in June 2015. The properties, built of REEMA hollow panel construction, were cold and draughty, with residents paying high fuel bills whilst struggling to maintain heat levels within their homes.
Using ECO funding, the £2.3m project saw the specification of Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI, which is perfect for overcladding existing properties. Alumasc’s Registered Installer Westdale Services, installed the system with grey 80mm EPS insulation and finished it with a “Snowdrop” coloured dash effect on a grey render basecoat. To add aesthetic interest to the properties, brick-effect render detailing was added around the windows and door frames, tinted and shaded to remain in keeping with surrounding traditional brick houses.
Westdale services, who have an established track record of successful EWI installations, partnered closely with Rykneld Homes to utilise the latest in bespoke thermal imaging technology. As such, IRT Surveys Ltd were instructed to undertake infrared thermal imagery on a sample number of properties.
IRT also provided a ‘Carbon Dashboard’, allowing Rykneld’s Asset Managers to undertake sensitivity analyses of their housing stock, identifying energy usage per household and showing them where their resources are best-placed, in order to achieve the maximum improvements to energy efficiency.
The result is, a remarkable transformation in thermal performance. The previous U-value of 1.69W/m2K has been slashed to a new value of 0.30W/m2K and EPC ratings have been improved from band F to band C.
The improved aesthetic appearance of the homes has also enhanced community spirit within the four villages, giving residents a renewed feeling of pride in their surroundings.
Graham Wingfield, Rykneld Homes’ Head of Regeneration & Development, commented:
“This project shows how community-wide regeneration should be done. Well done, with a simple and effective balance of colours and brick render detail, these dilapidated non-traditional properties have overcome their technical difficulties to offer a more attractive and comfortable place to live, with energy performance levels equivalent to that of New-Build schemes.”
Feedback from Ryneld Homes’ residents has also been very positive, with some of them commenting:
“We are highly satisfied with the work. We are much warmer and our bills are already reduced. The workmen have been very pleasant and worked really hard.” (88 Alma Rd).
“My home feels warmer. I am elderly and I feel better in myself now it is warmer. I have no complaints at all and am really pleased with the overall appearance of the house.” (64 Alma Rd).
“Our house is nice and warm and we really like it now!” (60 Alma Rd)
For more information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here
Alumasc’s Registered Contractor CCG have been nominated across an unprecedented six categories for this year’s Scottish Home Awards with eight project nominations. Achieving finalist status in the Affordable Housing Development (Private House Builder) category is Panmure Street, an innovative project in Glasgow, which demonstrates the benefits and versatility of using the new Alumasc Ventilated System.
Taking its name from the historic use of the adjacent canal, the Timber Basin in Panmure Street provides 108 homes for Queens Cross Housing Association, available to a mix of social housing tenants and shared equity homes for first-time buyers.
CCG was the off-site manufacturer (OSM) and main contractor on the scheme, for which the key driver for the specification of AVS was its ability to replicate traditional construction design whilst being adaptable for the closed panel production line.
A closed panel, fully off-site manufactured solution was delivered, with only a small element of external on-site fabric work required. Alumasc’s lightweight acrylic brick slips were used as the final finish, and are able to replicate any brick in the marketplace.
Paul Muldoon, Contracts Manager at CCG, commented:
“The Panmure project is one of the largest projects using closed panel technology to be manufactured off-site in our new factory. Due to the design of the Alumasc Ventilated System we were able to apply 75% of the brick slips off-site therefore the usual challenges such as transport logistics, site access problems and weather, did not impact on the project.”
Speaking about the project, Mark Gibbs, Technical Director for Alumasc Facades, added:
“By working closely with CCG from the initial design stage right through to installation, we were able to ensure that the Alumasc Ventilated System met all the requirements of the closed panel CCG OSM build and we are thrilled that the project has been shortlisted. We wish CCG all the very best at the final results stage.”
The House of Lords have accepted the Government amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which sets a duty on the Secretary of State to review minimum energy performance requirements. It replaces the Lords’ amendment to reintroduce the central, carbon compliance element of the Zero Carbon Homes standard.
The review is described as “a full and comprehensive review of energy standards based on cost effectiveness and the impact on housing supply”. A briefing prepared by the House of Commons Library on the Housing and Planning Bill has been published which includes information about carbon compliance.
On publication, the Government said the Bill would kick-start a “national crusade to get 1 million homes built by 2020” and transform “generation rent into generation buy.”
The supply-side measures in the Bill are primarily focused on speeding up the planning system with the aim of delivering more housing. There is also a clear focus on home ownership, with measures to facilitate the building of Starter Homes; self/custom build housing; and the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants following a voluntary agreement with the National Housing Federation (NHF).
The government has announced a new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill as part of the Queen’s speech. The new Bill will contain measures to further strengthen neighbourhood planning and make the compulsory purchase order process ‘clearer, fairer and faster’.
The Bill, which comes less than a week after the Housing and Planning Act achieved Royal Assent, aims to support the government’s ambition to deliver one million new homes, whilst protecting areas such as the green belt, and deliver “the homes and infrastructure that this country needs”.
It will address the “overuse, and in some cases, misuse” of planning conditions. It also seeks to bolster neighbourhood planning, streamline the compulsory purchase order (CPO) process and reform the Land Registry.
The Bill will ensure that local planning authorities can only impose pre-commencement planning conditions where it is absolutely necessary. By addressing the overuse and sometimes misuse of certain planning conditions, the legislation will be geared to ensure that new housing can commence without unnecessary delay, the government said.
The new Bill will also further strengthen neighbourhood planning, handing more power to local people and making more transparent the local government duty to support groups. The Bill will also aim to improve the process for reviewing and updating plans.
Under the Bill, the compulsory purchase order process will be clearer, faster and fairer for those involved in it, the government said. This area of the Bill will also include reform of the context in which compensation is negotiated, “often a very significant and complex part of finalising a compulsory purchase deal”.
The Bill will also enable the privatisation the Land Registry “which would support the delivery of a modern, digitally-based land registration service that will benefit the Land Registry’s customers, such as people buying or selling their home.”
The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show is the UK’s largest self-build and renovation event – which is why it provided the perfect showcase for a new collaboration between two industry innovators.
Sunbloc is the latest and most advanced system of its kind and the only ICF system to be designed and manufactured in the UK. It suits any application from simple extensions through to commercial builds up to five stories. Sunbloc provides an economic and environmentally friendly method of wall construction with optimum insulation for living accommodation. The system is of modular size, lightweight and robust, and is set out on site, then pump filled with concrete. The completed Sunbloc wall can then be finished using a simple render or traditional facings such as brick, tiles, brick slips or weather boarding. To compliment Sunbloc walls, the V-Tec flooring system has been designed to provide a clear span, reinforced and insulated concrete floor.
Having used Alumasc Renders successfully on previous projects, an installer at ATBS suggested that their facade systems might be suitable for use with Sunbloc. Discussions followed and Alumasc were invited to join ATBS on their stand at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC in Birmingham in April. In combination they provided a rapid build system, enabling a basement plus 2 storey extension to a Nisa store, to be completed within 7 days, followed by an application of Alumasc’s Silkolitt silicone render – much to the proprietor’s delight.
Managing Director of ATBS, Hallam Funke explains: “In addition to a number of other finishes we use with Sunbloc, Alumasc’s Silkolitt Silicone Render and Acrylic Brick Slips work seamlessly with our systems and have already produced impressive results on 3 of our projects.
“Alumasc’s Area Sales Manager Nigel Walters certainly went the extra mile in spending a whole day on our stand, helping our many visitors with their facade-related questions”.
He adds: “At ATBS we like to build strategic partnerships with key industry colleagues and very much look forward to future collaborations with Alumasc.”
Nigel Walters of Alumasc concludes: “The new products from ATBS are exciting and innovative and sit perfectly within the Alumasc sustainability ethos. It was a pleasure
spending time with them at the show, which will hopefully lead to a number of joint opportunities in the not-too-distant future.”
Alumasc’s thin-coat ST Silkolitt silicone renders are used to create a contemporary finish in both new-build and re-modelling applications. They are highly water-repellent, vapour permeable, weather resistant and available in a range of colours.
The Alumasc Acrylic Brick Slip system offers an easy to apply, lightweight, high performance realistic brick finish, where the use of real bricks would not be viable.
For more information on the Sunbloc and V-Tec Flooring systems, contact ATBS on 01580 767703 or visit http://www.sunbloc.co.uk
For more information on Alumasc External Wall Insulation and Render Systems, call us on 01744 648400.
The Kingsway refurbishment project in the Goole area of Yorkshire comprises a selection of social housing properties, owned and maintained by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system was specified for all property elevations, using 120mm Kooltherm phenolic insulation. This decision was based on the Council’s successful use of Swisslab on previous schemes and the ongoing technical support provided by Alumasc to meet the challenges of the project.
The ambitious energy efficiency improvements required, could only be achieved by using 120mm Kooltherm phenolic board. Other insulation options available for use with Swisslab would have been too thick. With the specification of this system, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has far exceeded the requirements of most local authorities, leading to ‘U’ values of around 0.15W/m2K – far lower than most results achieved using other insulation thicknesses.
The properties were a complex mix of ages, styles and sizes, including detached properties c1800, terraced homes c1900 and semi-detached houses constructed in the 1950s. The period properties presented the challenge of maintaining their features and character and some of the homes had been subject to multiple extensions over the years, meaning significant works were needed to ensure a fluid and seamless finish.
Considerable attention was required at one particular property where differing land levels meant side streets sloped down past the house. Alumasc worked closely with Westdale to find a solution which involved a combination of Swisslab being installed to pavement level and Alumasc’s M.R. S2 used below the damp proof course level to avoid bridging the property’s dpc with a non-porous material.
For more information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here.
The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has published additional guidance on the installation of external wall insulation (EWI) designed to ensure that EWI systems are fit for purpose and installed to a high standard.
Following the publication of their EWI Best Practice Guide in 2015, INCA has produced an updated version of the INCA Technical Guide on Fire Protection Requirements for EWI Systems which aligns it with current British and Scottish standards. The comprehensive guide includes new guidance on legislation, regulations, standards, storey height, boundary distance, insulation fire performance and design considerations.
INCA has also published a new INCA Technical Guide to Mechanical Fixings designed to help specify the correct fixings for projects. Many System Designers rely on mechanical fixings to secure EWI systems to the building substrate, and reference should be made to the system accreditation to understand if this is the correct method. The new INCA guide offers advice on how to identify the right fixings for different property types and is another essential resource for those involved in EWI.
INCA Technical Committee Chairman Julian Taylor said:
“INCA and its members are committed to improving standards in EWI to the benefit of their clients by developing technical guidance and sharing best practice. INCA members are leading the way in EWI innovation and remain uniquely placed to deliver the highest quality for clients. These new and updated technical documents demonstrate that we are leading the way on behalf of the industry and cement our place as the recognised trade association for organisations involved in EWI.”
Celtic Court in Bridgend is a former office building owned by Bridgend County Borough Council. The property was recently adapted and refurbished to provide a multi-agency rehabilitation centre, centralising a number of separate organisations under the same roof.
The original building was of brick block cavity wall construction, which was suffering from a number of defects, which had developed over time.
To address these issues and improve the thermal performance of the building, Bridgend County Borough Council specified Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system which transformed Celtic Court into a modern, energy efficient and attractive building.
Alumasc’s Registered Installer, Celtic Rendering Systems, installed over 1500m2 of Swisslab with 60mm Phenolic insulation, finished with Silkolitt silicone render and clay brickslips, also from Alumasc.
A number of technical challenges were encountered during the installation, when feature timber panelling was added to a number of the elevations, which meant flashing over the panels had to be created without compromising the EWI system.
Chris Waite, Senior Architectural Technician at Bridgend County Borough Council, comments:
“For all of the tricky details, the Alumasc technical department came up with a tangible solution that suited all parties. Everyone who has seen the building before and after the installation has been very impressed with the transformation. The tenants are happy with the ‘as new’ building and, for the short period of cold weather we have had, it seems to be having a positive effect on the warmth of the building. Running costs have been reduced, as have CO2 emissions, with an achieved EPC rating of B.”
If you would like more information about EWI option in the South West, contact Lee Carter on: 07801 253 798
Bristol City Council have chosen Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc, for the
refurbishment of the Caretaker’s house at Knowle Park Primary School.
Originally built from Solid Brick construction, the property was damp and cold, and required both aesthetic and thermal improvement. A previous refurbishment had involved the partial installation of a plastic cladding system which succeeded in fending off the weather but provided no insulation or thermal upgrade.
Alumasc Registered Installer Rateavon, installed the Swistherm EWI System with 90mm grey polystyrene insulation, finished with a modern high performance silicone render, also from Alumasc.
Swistherm is a BBA Approved, fully warranted system with an effective lifespan of over 30 years. For details click here or call 03335 771 700.
For more information on the Bristol project, please call Lee Carter on 07801 253798.
Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation has been used on a £4million project in the heart of Shropshire’s farmland.
Leading British dairy company Dairy Crest, has invested £4 million in a dedicated Food Innovation Centre, designed by architect Jodi Carr from Michael Hyde Associates in Manchester.
The new facility is located on the Harper Adams University campus in Newport, Shropshire and replaces the previous R&D centre that was located on the nearby Crudgington site.
Alumasc’s approved contractor RJ Day Plastering of Market Drayton, installed 233m2 of Swistherm with 80mm mineral wool insulation, finished with Silkolitt 1.5mm Silicone Render, also from Alumasc.
Swistherm is a BBA approved, fully warranted system with an effective life in excess of 30 years. It is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable, allowing the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.
For more information on Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation, click here
The Scottish Government has announced a £14 million scheme to help local authorities pilot new and innovative approaches to energy efficiency to reduce costs and improve warmth in homes, schools, hospitals and businesses, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil has announced.
Mr Neil said: “Over 900,000 energy efficiency measures have been carried out across homes in Scotland since 2008. SEEP will work with businesses and the commercial sector to see how we can achieve similar successes. This pilot phase will allow councils to test the effectiveness of new approaches to energy efficiency.
“The pilot projects will integrate support across various building types, to evaluate the impact of innovative approaches to funding and delivery, and to test the market appetite for energy efficiency investments in the commercial sector.
“Across Scotland we have allocated over half a billion pounds since 2009 on a raft of measures to help the most vulnerable people in our society heat their homes affordably. SEEP will help extend these measures to ensure homes, businesses and public buildings can benefit from a similar approach.
“This funding will now help local authorities develop projects and help ensure Scotland leads the way in energy efficiency.”
The projects will build upon and integrate existing domestic energy efficiency programmes, bringing together support from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, with the Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland (HEEPS): Area Based Scheme.
Wilson Shaw, Chair of the National Insulation Association in Scotland, said:
“We welcome this new approach to supporting energy efficiency in Scotland. Funding like this is a much needed boost to the insulation industry and will help support hundreds of jobs across the country.
“The Scottish Government’s HEEPS schemes have been effective in improving the energy efficiency of our homes. It is important to build on this and I especially welcome the promotion of an integrated approach which should improve our ability to help both homes and businesses across Scotland.”
Due to the continued growth of new business opportunities in Scotland, Alumasc Facades have made a number of changes to their Scottish based team, designed to further improve the levels of service provision available across the country.
Lorraine Dunsire – Commercial Director, Scotland
Lorraine, previously Business Development Manager Scotland, has taken on the role of Commercial Director and is delighted to be leading the new and expanding team. Having worked in the energy sector for 20 years prior to joining Alumasc, Lorraine is fully aware of the importance of energy efficiency measures and the benefits they offer. In a climate where Scottish funding is being directed to address fuel poverty and poor quality housing. She comments: The expansion of the Alumasc Facades Team in Scotland is indicative of the strong position currently being experienced by Alumasc and of our commitment to the ongoing provision of the highest quality products and customer service in the industry. External Wall Insulation (EWI) plays a significant role in the industry’s low-carbon strategy and Alumasc are keen to ensure that we can not only support our existing clients to full effect, but that we can also accommodate all of the new opportunities currently happening across Scotland, maintaining our reputation for technical expertise and strong customer service.
Tel: 07974 823 670
Gerry McGhee – Area Manager (New Build), Scotland
Alumasc welcomes Gerry McGhee to the role of Area Sales Manager for New Build. Gerry boasts a career spanning over 30 years in the construction industry and knows that good communication leads to increased specification. Gerry says: Everyone knows that Alumasc is enjoying continued success in the housing refurbishment market and I look forward to supporting that by using my background and customer relationships to generate even more specifications in the new build sector.
Tel: 07342 070 175
Dale McAvoy – Technical Manager, Scotland
Dale has been part of the Alumasc technical team based in Glasgow for over 2 years and has now taken on the role of Technical Manager for Scotland. Dale will ensure Alumasc’s Scottish customers and clients continue to receive technical service excellence, fully focused to their needs. He says: The broadening of my role to Technical Manager will significantly reinforce the help we provide Contractors and Architects, offering them peace of mind that regional support is on hand at every stage of their projects.
Tel: 07788 394 459
Ally Robb – Site Support Technician, Scotland
New to the Site Support team working with Dale, is Ally Robb who has enjoyed a career in the Facades sector for many years. Ally comments: Having a background in EWI installation has meant that I can work alongside our registered contractors with a full understanding of what affects them on a day to day basis. My experience has already helped me to build strong connections with new and existing Alumasc customers across Scotland.
Tel: 07720 883 628
For much of the UK’s retired population, winter heating costs take up a sizeable amount of what is often a limited income.
When pensioners in Knebworth, Hertfordshire were feeling the cold in their bungalows, Social Landlord North Herts Homes decided to take action by installing insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of the properties, resulting in lower energy bills for their residents.
Cavity wall insulation was not a viable option as the construction of the bungalows presented a restricted cavity, which made Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc, the perfect solution.
North Herts Homes also specified that the system should match the existing and surrounding decorative finishes, so a render finish was not acceptable. Alumasc worked closely with the client to provide a viable technical solution to this problem. The final solution was an insulated system utilising phenolic insulation to keep the overall thickness to a minimum, finished with a matching acrylic brick slip to match the local environment. Alumasc’s aluminium GX gutter system was also used, to give a clean decorative finish to the system.
The final result was virtually indistinguishable from the original finish and the residents will now benefit from a more comfortable environment with reduced fuel bills.
North Herts Homes and all of the residents, have expressed their delight with the warmer, new look homes.
For further details of Alumasc’s thermally efficient External Wall Insulation Systems, click here.
For more information about EWI in the South East, contact Area Manager Joe Dawson on +(44) 7720 883 677.
INCA attended a recent insulation summit as part of the review by Dr Peter Bonfield into UK home energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.
Attendees discussed a proposal for a future building fabric improvement installation process which would apply to all insulation and energy efficiency measures that are installed as part of the fabric of a building.
It includes a number of steps including understanding the home, application design, installation and ‘getting the best from your retrofit’.
INCA is part of the working group with a view to ensuring the process meets the needs of
the EWI industry. An implementation plan will be produced by the Bonfield team in February and the review will report in March 2016.
As the building industry continues to embrace the benefits of External Wall Insulation systems, Alumasc is in the grip of a high rise boom that has seen the increased specification of EWI in multi-storey applications across the North West.
2014/15 saw 7 high rise projects completed in Manchester, and already in 2016, 8 new projects are in progress; 2 for The Guinness Partnership, 1 for Northwards Housing, 2 for Ashton Pioneer Homes and 3 for Salix Homes.
Alumasc follow a strict High Rise Policy that takes into account all of the issues presented by high rise specification. In addition Alumasc always use independent Structural Engineering Consultants to conduct specific calculations to ensure structural stability, required performance and system longevity.
Alumasc systems are officially accredited and approved for use in high rise applications and can be used with a range of insulation types versatile enough to overcome any design or technical challenges such as those at Magnolia Court and Sycamore Court, two of the Salix Homes schemes in Manchester.
Main Contractors Seddons and Registered Alumasc Installers SERS, worked closely with the Alumasc technical team to install Swistherm EWI with 170mm White EPS insulation at Magnolia Court and 150mm Grey EPS at Sycamore Court. These systems provided the ideal solution in terms of price and were able to tackle a number of intricate design details presented by both projects.
Now belonging to The Guinness Partnership, Matthias Court had been empty for over 5 years and is about to undergo a complete overhaul. Installed by Alumasc Registered Installer SERS, the new EWI system will be the most visual change to the building, whilst the 150mm Mineral Wool insulation will make it highly thermally efficient. Alumasc has also been heavily involved with the architects Arcus Consultants, providing high quality technical support throughout a number of challenges faced in terms of installation and materials.
Grosvenor House and Rycroft House in Ashton Under Lyme were experiencing issues with the 40mm PIR board installed in the early 1990s. Alumasc has worked closely with Ashton Pioneer Homes and Casey Group to provide a number of solutions, ensuring that all works will be carried out efficiently and at the convenience and consideration of the residents.
With a growing number of future high rise opportunities currently being discussed, Alumasc is now regarded as the UK’s leading high rise specialist.
You can look through some of our past High Rise Projects by clicking here.
Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has been used to transform 65 residential properties in Hertfordshire, improving thermal performance and refreshing the external facades to recreate the 1920’s period features.
North Herts Homes required a solution that would make the properties more energy efficient whilst also restoring them to their former glory.
Following a consultation from Alumasc’s design team, Swisslab was used with phenolic insulation and finished in Silkolitt silicone render with a heavy textured 3.5mm drain top coat to get a close match to the original “slop dash render”. Acrylic brick slips and solar reflective X black paint were then used to create the finishing brick and mock-timber details.
In addition to the improved aesthetics, the combination of systems will make the properties warmer and will soon start to impact on the residents’ energy bills.
North Herts Homes are delighted with the results and one family commented:
“The refurbishment has given us renewed pride in our home – it’s almost like having a new house!”
Swisslab is the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties and is used extensively to transform homes into warmer, more attractive places to live. It is an efficient and cost effective way of improving thermal standards and allows for minimal disruption to residents during application.
Alumasc’s full range of EWI systems are BBA Approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.
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With further growth predicted for the housebuilding, healthcare and education sectors, Alumasc Facades has appointed three new Business Development Managers, bringing with them many years of experience and industry knowledge.
Stewart Taylor, Sales Director for Alumasc Facades, comments: “The expansion of our Business Development Team is indicative of the strong position currently being experienced by Alumasc in the facades sector and of our commitment to the ongoing provision of the highest quality products and customer service in the industry.”
Mark Swift joins Alumasc Facades following 11 years at Kingspan Insulation, where he gained extensive knowledge of the commercial and domestic new build, refurbishment and social housing sectors. Mark is looking forward to utilising his knowledge and experience to deliver business growth. He comments:
“The industry is facing some unprecedented challenges, none more-so than the acute shortage of skilled trade. Alumasc’s forward-thinking evaluation of its marketplace has enabled them to deliver on their commitment to developing new products and innovations to address these needs. I am looking forward to further enhancing our market presence and helping to expand our customer reach.”
Adam Griffin will be covering the South East of England. Adam has spent 20 years in Construction, with the last 10 years specialising in external facades where he developed extensive sales and technical knowledge of the render market in particular. Adam says:
“The need for high performance facades system solutions for both new-build and refurbishment projects in the South East of England is well known. I aim to use my experience and technical knowledge to further support Alumasc’s well respected facades systems along with their new product development initiatives, positioning us at the forefront of the industry moving forward.”
Completing the new team is Jo Checkley who will be covering London and boasts 27 years in the construction sector. Jo has previously held positions where she was responsible for Contracts/Project Management and Business Development. Commenting on her appointment, Jo says:
“I’m really excited to be joining Alumasc as they continue to lead the market with new product offerings such as their new Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS) for timber framed construction. In order to secure long term investment from large organisations, it’s essential to be specified at pre-tender stage and I will build those relationships in order to make that possible.”
Alumasc’s Swistherm (EWI) has been used at the new Babraham Research Campus – the leading hub of biomedical innovation in Cambridge.
Registered Installer Jordaya Ltd, installed 700m2 of the Swistherm system to two office and laboratory buildings at the impressive facility, which was the result of a £44million Government investment.
Swistherm was specified following other successful installations on the same site and due to its flexibility to meet the challenging technical requirements of main contractor SDC. EPS insulation was used in thicknesses varying between 90mm and 140mm to provide a highly thermally efficient U-Value of 0.25w/m2K and the installation was finished in Silkolitt Silicone Render, also from Alumasc.
Swistherm is a BBA approved, fully warranted, thin coat insulated render system comprising insulation slabs which are mechanically fixed direct to a continuous substrate. The choice of insulation materials includes Mineral Wool, Expanded Polystyrene and Cork.
Alumasc’s ST thin-coat Silicone renders are used as a contemporary finish to new-build applications and the re-modelling of existing facades in both render only and external wall insulation applications. High performing Silicone renders are highly water-repellent, vapour permeable and weather resistant.
The Silkolitt silicone finish is available with a rolled texture in a wide range of colours.
Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc Facades, has been part of the major refurbishment of Seagate Court in East Wittering.
Managed by the Seagate Court Management Company Ltd, the complex comprises four four-storey blocks of private residential flats, boasting a stunning coastal location overlooking the seafront.
Although the scheme was originally solid cavity wall construction, the relentless climate and saltwater air had resulted in significant erosion to the exteriors, requiring the management company to embark on a complete refurbishment programme.
Sally Ratcliff, of Harrington Design Architects, explains:
“Sea salt had started to erode the concrete exterior and the brickwork needing repointing. We wanted a solution that would protect the building and improve its appearance and had initially considered weatherboarding before realising that the Alumasc Swistherm EWI system would meet and exceed our requirements.
“The home-owners at Seagate Court now have a sleek, stylish and structurally sound building and are also benefitting from warmer and more energy efficient homes with an improved U-Value of 0.28 w/m2k from the original 0.6 w/m2k.”
2200 square metres of Swistherm EWI was installed to all exterior facades of the four blocks by Alumasc’s Registered Installer Primars Coatings of Middlesex. The system was insulated with a 90mm EPS and finished with Alumasc’s high performance silicone render.
The project presented the installer with a number of issues as Contracts Director, Julien Turner, explains:
“One of the main challenges was ensuring that we kept meticulously to the architect’s design. The building was quite complex in terms of ashlar grooves at each floor level and the detailing under and around the balconies, but the ease of installing Swistherm addressed these circumstances.”
The specification of the Swistherm system meant that as well as improving the structure and thermal performance of the block, its aesthetic appearance was also transformed by the silicone render finish.
All Alumasc EWI systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and offer a range of design and specification options available across many building types.
Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team have spent two weeks transforming 2 streets in Newton Heath, Manchester for army veterans and their families. The project, the team’s largest undertaking to date, involved hundreds of volunteers, including Alumasc Facades who have installed Alumasc M.R. S5 Render to the external facades of 62 homes.
New pictures have been revealed, showing the true extent of the transformation of the properties in New Street and Canada Street. Three larger homes were also created to house veterans and their families, including a walk-in support centre. 17 of the homes will be run by charity Haig Housing, with the aim to create a special veterans’ community.
Regional Sales Manager Andrew Gait comments on completion of the project:
“It goes without saying that Alumasc Facades was very proud to be involved in the big build for DIY SOS. From start to finish, the project was a massive team effort – all the contractors and suppliers on site were highly supportive of each other and our only objective was to provide a much-needed community for some of our most deserving war veterans.
“The M.R S5 Polymer Plain Render has created a stunning clean finish to the homes and will provide a reinforcing layer to the mortar, protecting against weather, damp, pollutants and impact damage.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working alongside the BBC on a ground-breaking project – and despite the challenges of getting the entire installation finished in 12 days, I know that none of our team would hesitate in doing it again.”
Don’t miss the full story, broadcast over 2 episodes, starting this Wednesday, 14th, on BBC1 at 8pm and concluding on Wednesday 21st at the same time.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a new fuel poverty scheme, backed by up to £224 million from the Scottish Government, to help as many as 28, 000 Scots heat their homes.
Over the next seven years, Warmer Homes Scotland will install measures such as insulation, heating and domestic renewables in households identified as fuel poor.
The Home Energy Scotland campaign has also been launched to encourage Scots to call the hotline 0808 808 2282 and take advantage of the free help to reduce fuel bills. It will provide advice on how to reduce heating bills and which of the energy improvement schemes, they are eligible for.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Warmer Homes Scotland is tailored to give vulnerable households living in fuel poverty access to measures to make their homes more energy efficient. Since 2009, we have allocated over half a billion pounds to make Scotland’s homes more energy efficient”.
Warmer Homes Scotland will be delivered and managed by Warmworks Scotland, a joint venture between the Energy Saving Trust, Everwarm and Changeworks.
For more information about Warmer Homes Scotland, and to check if you qualify, please visit the Home Energy Scotland website http://www.homeenergyscotland.org or contact the helpline on 0808 808 2282.
Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team have embarked on their most ambitious project to date this summer as they take on the urgent issues of empty home sand homeless veterans.
Over the course of 2 episodes, an entire Manchester street will be transformed to provide the basis of a new community. The street comprises 62 homes, 22 of which are currently empty. 7 of the properties will be reconfigured into 3 homes and a new training centre, which will sit alongside the housing development for the retraining of wounded soldiers in a number of different trades. On completion, the homes will be gifted to Haig Housing; a Housing Association that runs schemes specifically for veterans.
In addition, the entire street will be streetscaped and the facades of all 62 homes completely rejuvenated using M.R. S5 Render from Alumasc.
Following discussions with of the main contractors on the project, Alumasc were only too pleased to offer their product and services to the cause, which has to be turned around within a 12 day period. Regional Sales Manager Andrew Gait explains:
“This is one of the most worthwhile projects that Alumasc has ever been involved in and the decision to offer our help came very easily. Given the tight timescales, we offered the M.R S5 Render for its ease of application – it’s been a challenging experience for all concerned but the atmosphere on site has been brilliant and we are all very proud to be part of it.”
The episodes are due to broadcast on BBC1 on Wednesday 14th October and Wednesday 21st October – although the dates have yet to be confirmed.
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The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has signed an industry-wide letter to Chancellor George Osborne and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd calling on Government to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority, as part of a campaign led by the Energy Bill Revolution.
The letter, which is supported by 50 leading business and energy organisations, highlights new research published today by Frontier Economics, which confirms that energy efficiency can be classed as infrastructure and delivers economic benefits comparable to HS2 Phase 1, Crossrail and new roads.
The research confirms that energy efficiency constitutes infrastructure as it frees up energy capacity for other uses and provides public services by reducing carbon emissions and improving health and wellbeing. It also reveals that a programme to make UK homes energy efficient would provide net economic benefits of £8.7 billion. The research builds on analysis from Cambridge Econometrics which shows that deploying infrastructure funds to support an energy efficiency programme could create up to 108,000 new jobs and boost Britain’s energy security.
With the Government poised to spend £100 billion on infrastructure during this Parliament, the letter makes a strong case for an energy efficiency programme to be included. If just £3 billion was allocated to such a programme, it could help to establish a world-leading energy efficiency programme that works to keep homes warm and bills down. It would also make a meaningful start on addressing the more than seven million households in Britain living in draughty and expensive-to-heat solid wall properties, including almost half of the country’s fuel poor, where solid wall insulation is the only solution.
INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry said:
“The Spending Review in November offers a real opportunity for a change of approach from Government and the evidence is clear that investing in energy efficiency offers significant benefits not only to individual households but to the wider economy. As the leading trade association for external wall insulation, INCA supports the call for energy efficiency to be classified as an infrastructure priority which would help to lift families out of fuel poverty and transform local communities.”
Alumasc External Wall Insulation and Render Only Systems are suitable for all types on construction and offer the perfect solution to create the most thermally efficient and aesthetically pleasing results.
When extending a building, Alumasc Façade solutions results create a seamless facade. Whether you are replicating the existing wall finish or creating a brand new façade for the whole building, Alumasc have the specification.
A recent extension project in Brighton (pictured), fully utilised the Alumasc Swistherm EWI system to give the house, and its new extension a high quality, contemporary finish.
Alumasc direct-fix insulated render system, Swistherm, eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth, increases thermal efficiency, is fully weather resistant and has an effective life in excess of 30 years.
Alumasc Facade Systems offer BBA Approved solutions available for solid or cavity masonry, steel and timber frame construction. On cavity construction a render only system can be utilised. The most thermally efficient method is to use external wall insulation on a solid wall or framed construction.
Local approved installers are available and the works are covered by a 10 year warranty. Contact your local Area Sales Manager to find an approved local installer.
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INCA, along with NIA and SEA, raised concerns about the short-term hiatus facing the industry before the new framework is put in place, given the announcement on GDFPs and GDHIF and the fact that energy suppliers are expected to have delivered their ECO obligations by early 2016.
INCA has signed a joint letter to Lord Bourne following the meeting which sets out the industry’s concerns in more detail along with suggestions for the short term transition. DECC will continue to engage with the industry over the summer on the development of the long-term framework and further details are expected to be announced in the autumn.
Following the Ministerial meeting, INCA Advocacy Committee members met with Jon Booth, Director of Household Energy Efficiency at DECC, to discuss the implications of the recent announcements on the External Wall Insulation industry.
Jon confirmed that energy efficiency remained a priority for DECC and the long-term framework would be developed on the principles of stability, coherence and affordability for both the fuel poor and ‘able to pay’ market.
He recognised the case for External Wall Insulation and that the benefits should be taken into account as External Wall Insulation is not a ‘low cost measure’ but around half of those in fuel poverty live in solid wall properties. INCA will be following up with both the Minister and the team at DECC on behalf of the EWI industry over the summer.
The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has published comprehensive guidance on the installation of external wall insulation (EWI) designed to ensure that EWI systems are fit for purpose and installed to a high standard.
The INCA EWI Best Practice Guide, which has been endorsed by the European Association for External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (EAE), sets out an accepted minimum standard for installations, standardises common details that occur on site, and provides useful information on the components that make up a finished system.
It will assist the industry to ensure that EWI systems are installed to the required standard to provide a thermal upgrade, be aesthetically pleasing and achieve the design life they have been assessed for.
The guide can also help to inform the industry’s clients, including architects, main contractors and local authorities, about the correct choice of system for their projects. INCA members apply the latest skills, innovations and techniques to deliver high quality new build and refurbishment projects in the non-residential and domestic sectors and this new guide from INCA will help to raise quality standards across the EWI industry.
INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry said: “The INCA Best Practice Guide for EWI is an essential resource for everyone involved in EWI and represents a huge step forward at a time when the quality of solid wall insulation installations are under the microscope. The publication of this guide reinforces that INCA members are leading the way in EWI innovation and remain uniquely placed to deliver the highest quality for clients.”
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Alumasc has developed a new, innovative facade solution for the timber frame industry.
The Alumasc Ventilated System offers an alternative approach to traditional build, particularly for new build timber framed housing. It provides an engineered, stylish facade solution, with the option of utilising modern off-site construction techniques. The system is designed to provide a fully ventilated cavity, which keeps the timber substrate moisture-free, and is compatible with both render and brick slip finishes.
The Panmure Street development in Glasgow demonstrates the benefits and versatility of using the Alumasc Ventilated System. Taking its name from the historic use of the adjacent canal, the Timber Basin in Panmure Street will provide 108 new homes for Queens Cross Housing Association, available to a mix of social housing tenants and shared equity homes for first-time buyers.
The key driver for the specification of the system was its ability to replicate traditional construction design whilst being adaptable for the closed panel production line. Alumasc Registered Contractor CCG, who has recently invested over £12m in a state-of-the-art factory, was the off-site manufacturer (OSM) and main contractor on the scheme.
On this scheme a closed panel, fully off-site manufactured solution was delivered, with only a small element of external on-site fabric work required. Alumasc’s lightweight acrylic brick slips were used as the final finish, and are able to replicate any brick in the marketplace.
OSM means the system is not affected by environmental conditions which regularly impact UK build programmes. The Alumasc Ventilated System is quick and easy to install and the off-site method of construction also ensures sites are kept in good order, with the majority of required building materials being stored and assembled in a factory environment.
Speaking about the project, Mark Gibbs, Technical Director for Alumasc Facades, said:
“By working closely with CCG from the initial design stage right through to installation, we were able to ensure that the Alumasc Ventilated System met all the requirements of the closed panel CCG OSM build. The Timber Basin is now fully ventilated to meet all building regulations, and is protected from the elements thanks to our acrylic brick slips.”
Paul Muldoon, Contracts Manager at CCG, added:
“The Panmure project is one of the largest projects using closed panel technology to be manufactured off-site in our new factory. Due to the design of the Alumasc Ventilated System we were able to apply 75% of the brick slips off-site therefore the usual challenges such as transport logistics, site access problems and weather, did not impact on the project.”
The Alumasc Ventilated System has been rigorously tested, resulting in compliance with all UK building regulations (Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales) and it became British Board of Agrément certified in May 2015. It also adheres to the requirements and guidelines of both the NHBC and TRADA.
Industry Associations have been invited to attend an industry roundtable with new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, on 28 July to discuss the future of energy efficiency policy and other issues facing the External Wall Insulation industry.
INCA (The Insulated Render and Cladding Association) along with NIA and the Sustainable Energy Association, will raise the issue of the looming ECO hiatus in 2016/17 when energy suppliers are expected to have delivered their obligations to March 2017 and will seek clarity over future releases of GDHIF.
The INCA Advocacy Committee is also meeting with Jon Booth, Director of Household Energy Efficiency at DECC, at the end of this month where these issues will be explored further.
Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation has provided a high quality external appearance along with energy efficiency benefits to a new nursery facility at Exeter Cathedral School.
The new build project saw Alumasc work with Kensington Taylor Architects in Exeter and Alumasc registered contractor Rateavon from Bristol.
Planning constraints meant that the area in which the nursery is based is of ‘historical interest’ meaning that Alumasc’s Silicone Render finish used on the project had to match the colour of the existing city walls.
Another challenge was that due to the nursery’s position in relation to the Cathedral, no vehicles were permitted within close proximity of the site. The area is pedestrianised which provided a unique challenge for Rateavon in transporting the required materials.
Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI System used on the project comprised of 140mm Grey Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Insulation, faced with the high performance Silkolitt Silicone Render. This resulted in the nursery achieving a u-value of 0.13W/m2k.
The Swistherm direct-fix insulated render system is a BBA Approved, fully warranted system with an effective life in excess of 30 years. Swistherm is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.
The National Insulation Association (NIA) yesterday (Thursday 2nd July) called on ministers from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to make announcements about their intentions for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) when the scheme comes to an end in 2017, and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), before the Summer Recess on July 21, 2015.
As the NIA explains, recent figures published by DECC and OFGEM on ECO showed that the energy companies have already made significant progress towards their targets for ECO2 (April 2015 – end March 2017) , and that based on the installation rates for 2014/15, the target could be achieved one year early in the first quarter of 2016.
This, the Association told Roofzine, is reflected in the major slow down in recent ECO activity, where just 29,000 measures were installed in April 2015 – a two-year low – compared to 51,000 measures in March 2015 and 58,000 in April 2014.
The NIA points out that in addition to this, the GDHIF – which was designed to compensate for the shortfall in ECO activity following Government cuts to the scheme in 2014, is also on hold whilst the industry awaits decisions from ministers.
The NIA says the combined effect of these two factors has resulted in a collapse in insulation activity which it says is “harmful to householders and the industry alike”.
Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA, said: “We would like DECC ministers to confirm that there will be an ECO post 2017, the broad shape of it and when they are likely to publish detailed proposals, and we would like them to give some indication of what they are intending for GDHIF and whether there will be any further releases of funding in the short term.”
This news follows the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) annual progress report, which highlighted that all main insulation measures are behind the required trajectory to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction targets – which in the case of solid wall insulation, the NIA points out, is some 500,000 behind trajectory.
The NIA also explained that the CCC recommended to Government that urgent decisions were needed on the future of ECO post 2017 to provide some assurance to the supply chain.
The Scottish Government has announced a new raft of measures to tackle climate change, including a promise to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority.
The pledge which has been championed by 200 members of the Energy Bill Revolution means that Scotland will become the first national in the world to make this breakthrough.
Following a visit to a housing energy efficiency project in Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh (which has utilised Alumasc Swisslab EWI System), Climate Change Minister Aileen McLeod revealed the Energy Efficiency Programme will provide an offer of support to all buildings in Scotland – domestic and non-domestic – to help them achieve a good energy efficiency rating over the next 15-20 years.
One measure that both domestic and non-domestic properties could implement is External Wall Insulation (EWI) which totally encapsulates the building structure which is the most effective way of insulating a building, with least risk of cold bridging and interstitial condensation.
The Scottish Government recently announced the next phase of the HEEPS: Cashback Scheme and a new HEEPS: Loan Scheme to tackle fuel poverty. Homeowners, private tenants and for social landlords can apply for 75% of the cost of Solid Wall Insulation SWI up to a maximum of £4,500 and/or up to £1,200 for a range of other recommended energy efficiency measures.
Swisslab from Alumasc is the market-leading direct-fix EWI insulated render system for overcladding existing properties. It is extensively used to upgrade housing and strongly contributes to urban regeneration.
Swisslab is a BBA Approved, fully warranted system with an effective life in excess of 30 years. Swisslab is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.
The latest monthly statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) show that almost 1,800 Solid Wall Insulations (SWI) installations were completed under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) in April, bringing the total number so far to just over 16,500.
By the end of April, over £96 million had been paid out of the combined pot of £220 million for the first three phases of the scheme.
The number of Green Deal (GD) assessments decreased by 40% in April which DECC attributed to the Easter break; however, the number of GD Plans increased by 11%. 22% of GD Plans were ‘new’ (quote accepted), 19% were ‘pending’ (Plan signed) and 59% were ‘live’ (all measures installed).
Just under 4,400 SWI measures were installed under ECO in March, more than double the number of installations in February, as energy companies tried to complete their carbon allocation before ECO 2.0.
For more information on various funding for External Wall Insulation visit our dedicated EWI Funding Page.
Alumasc registered installer Everwarm has been awarded the ‘Insulation and Fabric Installer of the Year’ at the Scottish Regional Green Deal and ECO awards.
The award follows the refurbishment of over 300 non-traditional solid wall homes in Greenock using the Alumasc Swisslab External Wall Insulation System. The area had been identified as one in particular risk of fuel poverty, hence the decision was taken to insulate the properties and improve their external fabric.
The project included mixed tenure properties and Everwarm was able to combine and maximise a number of funding streams to allow all residents to participate in the improvement programme regardless of tenure.
The project was a collaborative effort between Everwarm, managing agent Wise Group, River Clyde Homes who owned may of the properties which benefitted from the works and Inverclyde Council. The collaboration highlighted Everwarm’s ability to deliver such transformational refurbishment projects, ensuring the scheme was a great success,
Speaking of the award, Business Development Manager for Scotland Lorraine Dunsire said, “I’d like to congratulate Everwarm on winning this award on what is an excellent project in Greenock.
As an Alumasc registered contractor they have undergone comprehensive training both in-house and on-site and have helped thousands of homes and businesses save energy consumption.”
Kenny Saunders, Commercial Director with Everwarm added, “We were delighted to work with Alumasc on this award winning project and we look forward to working with Alumasc on future developments.”
The Swisslab EWI System improves thermal performance, eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric of the building. Primarily suited to building refurbishment where the structure provides continuous support for the insulation, the system is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing energy efficiency thus reducing energy bills.
The homes were finished with a Polymer Dashing Renderwhich is a durable, lightweight alternative to traditional sand and cement, with increased bond strength.
Riverbank and Newbank Towers in Salford, are two high-rise residential tower blocks owned and maintained by award-winning housing provider Salix Homes. Built in the 1960s, both 16-storey tower blocks are identical in their face brick construction.
As part of the ongoing upgrade of its high-rise properties, Salix Homes embarked on a £6.6m improvement programme of both blocks, bringing them up to the Government’s Decent Homes standard.
3000m2 of Alumasc’s industry-proven Swisslab EWI was installed by BLD Construction (Facades) Ltd using 60mm Phenolic Insulation and finished with a combination of traditional clay brick slips to the lower floors – chosen for their high levels of impact resistance – with the remaining floors completed using silicone render, specified for its lightweight properties which minimise the structural impact of the system.
Alumasc’s technical team worked closely with the Rainscreen Manufacturer and the Project Architect to accommodate the inclusion of rainscreen cladding between the windows.
To ensure the interfacing detail between the EWI and the rainscreen panels was not susceptible to water ingress, the EWI was continued behind the rainscreen system with Alumasc’s hydrophobic scrim adhesive used to provide a waterproof seal around the brackets of the rainscreen system. This detail provides continuity to the thermal performance and eliminates cold bridging.
Commenting on the project, BLD Director, Bruce Day, said: “We have a successful track record of using Alumasc products on many high rise projects.
Alumasc EWI systems deliver really impressive results when it comes to improving energy efficiency. Swisslab was specified for this refurbishment due to its requirement of only 60mm phenolic insulation to achieve the required U target.”
Residents of Riverbank and Newbank Towers now enjoy warmer homes and lower energy bills with an achieved U value reduction from 1.47W/m2k to 0.26W/m2k.
Improvements worth over £100m will be made to Wales’ stock of social housing, the Welsh government has announced.
The money will be available to be accessed by councils and housing associations to improve homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS), as well as to creating jobs and training opportunities.
Social landlords in Wales are obligated to meet the WHQS by 2020 with 67% (149,755 homes) currently meeting the standards, an increase of 7% on the previous year. This is compared with 83% of housing association homes hitting the target compared with just 44% of council owned properties.
There is currently a five year target to bring 200,000 social homes up to quality and safety standards, including improving the energy efficiency of homes.
Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty Lesley Griffiths also announced that the Welsh government will be investing more than £400m in affordable homes.
The Exchange Centrium House in Woking has been given a new lease of life thanks to specialist products from the Alumasc Facades range.
After a number of years, the north facing elevations of the building had accumulated dirt and algae caused by pollution and dirt gathering on the metal facade details at floor levels.
Alumasc were contacted to supply a solution to bring the building back to its original, pristine condition, utilising maintenance and refurbishment treatments.
A unique challenge of the clean-up operation was accessibility. This was overcome by Action Response Ltd, a specialist abseiling company, who applied the Alumasc products.
To complete the refurbishment, Alumasc Facade Protector was applied to the newly painted render, shielding it from further attacks from pollutants and algae.
Speaking of the work carried out, Area Manager Joe Dawson said:
“It’s great to see Alumasc products restoring Centrium House and revitalising its appearance. Alumasc is best known for the design and development of thermally efficient insulated renders systems but it’s good to see our range of ancillary products being used to great effect and in such a unique way.”
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Under the HEEPS: Cashback Scheme £10 million is available for homeowners and private tenants and £5 million for social landlords, who can apply for 75% of the cost of SWI up to a maximum of £4,500 and/or up to £1,200 for a range of other recommended energy efficiency measures.
They can also claim a £100 refund on their GDAR if at least one recommended measure is installed.
Under the HEEPS: Loan Scheme £14 million is available for homeowners in interest-free loans of up to £10,000 for energy efficiency measures including SWI.
Details of how to apply are available on the Energy Saving Trust website.
To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.
DECC announced on 26 March that the £70 million of funding available under GDHIF Phase 3 for SWI and two measures had been allocated.
However an additional £5 million is still available for two measures, the GDAR refund and Homebuyer’s Bonus from the unallocated GDHIF Phase 2 fund.
The GDHIF Claims Portal is now accepting Phase 3 vouchers for payment.
To redeem a voucher, a homeowner must provide their voucher reference, email address used on their application, and property address before uploading their completed voucher, an invoice for the energy saving measure(s) and the GDAR invoice and/or relevant documentation for the Homebuyer’s Bonus (if applicable).
The latest monthly statistics from DECC show that 15,500 GDHIF vouchers worth £79 million had been paid by the end of February, which represents just over 50% of the funding available under the first two phases of the scheme. 2,310 SWI installations were completed in February, bringing the total number so far under GDHIF to 13,118.
78,012 SWI measures had been installed under ECO by the end of January, which is just 5.8% of all ECO measures. Green Deal Plans were up 13% in February but the number of GD Installers continued to decrease, down 2.3% on January 2015 and at the lowest level since November 2013
The award was given at the regional Green Deal & Eco Awards, covering the London area.
Swisslab eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric of the building.
Primarily suited to building refurbishment where the structure provides continuous support for the insulation, the system is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency thus reducing energy bills.
Swisslab can be installed over solid masonry, concrete panels (NLB), No Fines concrete and masonry with cavity and is particularly suited to the treatment of non-traditional house types such as BISF, Orlit, Wates, Cruden, Airey and Athol.
The houses were finished using Alumasc Rendabrick Brick Effect to produce a true brickwork finish.
Rendabrick is used to simulate the appearance of brickwork and is also used to create new effects and details with a choice of two mortar and two brick colours.
Speaking of the award win, Facades Area Manager for London Michele Rawlings said, “I would like to congratulate ECO People on the award win in recognition of their excellent work on this project and their trust in the Alumasc brand.”
“Since these two installations on Mayfair Avenue, ECO People’s expertise has paid dividends and the complete street will soon be refurbished using our Alumasc Facades Products.”
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Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc has been used at Devonway – a residential estate situated in Clackmannan, near Alloa. The properties are a mix of both private and social housing, consisting of over 140 terraced houses and bungalows.
Originally built using No Fines Construction, the homes have recently received a range of energy saving measures including the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI System, which has improved the aesthetic appearance of the estate and will contribute to lower energy bills for residents in the future.
The EWI was part of an energy efficiency package provided by Edison Energy and was completely free of charge to tenants and homeowners. The scheme was partly financed by Clackmannanshire Council, with additional funding from Scottish Government’s HEEPS:ABS (Home Energy Efficiency Programme Scotland: Area Based Scheme) and ECO (Energy Company Obligation).
Alumasc’s Registered Installer Graham Roofing of Glasgow, installed a total of over 8,500m2 of Swisslab EWI at the properties, using 90mm Grey EPS insulation and a white, dry dash render finish. The result has been an impressive u-value reduction to 0.28w/m2K from the original 2.08w/m2K.
A video based on the project with comments from Graham Roofing, Alumasc Alumasc, Clackmannashire Council and local residents can be viewed by clicking here.
Residents at Devonway are already reporting much warmer, comfortable living conditions, with one resident commenting:
“Since the work was done, we have already noticed that our hallway is much warmer, and the temperature in the house doesn’t drop as low as it used to. Our house looks better and the insulation has already made a tremendous difference to our lives.”
Councillor Les Sharp adds:
“I’ve been very impressed with the works carried out at Devonway. The many families and elderly people who live on the estate have previously struggled with high heating costs, but the new insulation system will certainly make life cheaper, easier and warmer for our residents.”
Graham Roofing have used Swisslab extensively on past projects and Devonway presented a largely straightforward installation, with the exception of nesting birds at some of the properties. Alumasc’s technical team worked with Graham Roofing to reconfigure the installation programme allowing the affected properties to be left until the end of the nesting season.
Commenting on the project, Alan Thorpe from Graham Roofing, said:
“The Devonway project is an excellent example of how a strong partnership between supplier and installer can really lead to success. We have delivered a quality programme of works using an excellent product installed by our experienced team, and completed the works with minimum disruption, ahead of time and on budget.”
Swisslab is the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties and is used extensively to transform homes into warmer, more attractive places to live. It is an efficient and cost effective way of improving thermal standards and allows for minimal disruption to residents during application.
Alumasc’s full range of EWI systems are BBA approved, fully warranted and are available with a range of design and specification options, across many building types.
To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here, call +44 (0) 3335 771 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The award was given due to the outstanding work completed at the Albert Road Flats & Maisonettes in South Woodford, London.
Swistherm is fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable and allows the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency.
The system eliminates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth and protects the structural fabric, limiting movement and thermal shock and freeze-thaw cycles associated with traditional brickwork façades.
The Swistherm EWI system is highly resistant to impact damage, is rated Class 0 for surface spread of flame and contributes to sound reduction within the external wall construction
Speaking of the award win, Facades Area Manager for London Michele Rawlings (pictured above with Michael St Hill of MSH Finishes) said, “I would like to congratulate MSH Finishes on the award win in recognition of their excellent work on this project and their trust in the Alumasc brand.”
“The award shows that Alumasc continues to deliver high quality products to both clients and contractors alike.”
What is BIM?
BIM (Business Information Modelling) is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. Design, visualisation, simulation and collaboration enabled by Autodesk BIM solutions provide greater clarity across the project lifecycle.
Why use it?
Alumasc Facade Systems can provide designers with the latest in BIM technology to help them make the right decision when selecting the best system for their project. Using BIM can deliver better buildings, more quickly and at a lower cost than the traditional building process. It also reduces risk and can offer other benefits such as maintenance cost plans.
Benefits of BIM
• Provides clients with a clear understanding and visualisation of the building
• On site, BIM offers more intelligent construction information and linked data on demand
Planning, Management and Control
• BIM provides a quick and effective way of visualising the design and build sequence
• Better planning is possible with visibility of a ‘virtual construction process’
• Building costs can be controlled by live cost planning
• Waste can be avoided as ordering accurate quantities saves money
• Better management is possible by storing building data in a central, intelligent 3D database
Alumasc BIM Files
To download the Alumasc External Wall Insulation BIM Files click here.
The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has recently launched EST Online, an online database designed to help the industry choose energy saving products for its clients.
The Energy Saving Trust is the number one organisation helping householders, governments, businesses and organisations save energy every day.
The newly launched database features all EST ‘listed’ products, which is an industry-wide listing service for insulation materials that meet UK regulatory requirements, offering manufacturers the opportunity to promote all their insulation products in one place.
EST ‘listed’ has a fee structure which is flexible depending on the number of products to be listed and tiered to the service level required. Further information can be found by visiting the EST website or by emailing email@example.com.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) Phase 3 is now open for applications with £70 million available for both solid wall insulation and/or two measures.
Phase three was launched today (Monday 16th March) at midday and the funding for Solid Wall Insulation will be up to a maximum of £3,750 and the rate for two measures will be £1,250.
There have been no major changes to the Terms and Conditions for Green Deal Providers and Installers but funds are limited and Department of Energy and Climate Change may vary the terms of the scheme, including the funding rates, or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.
Customers will be able to redeem Phase 3 vouchers from Wednesday 1 April.
To find out more the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, click here to visit the gov.uk website.
For more information about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.
Alumasc have begun its support of local junior football team, Woolston Rovers Bulldogs by sponsoring the clubs’ Under 12’s side, helping fund their trip to the England Football Teams National Headquarters at St Georges Park.
Alumasc are proud to be kit sponsors of the 9-a-side team and helped subsidise the trip. Additional funding was undertaken by the coaching staff, players and parents through various events including a race night and supermarket bag packing.
The 12 player squad visited the headquarters based in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire where they enjoyed a full tour of the brand new state of the art facilities, a two hour training session with an England coach and use of the England changing rooms. The day was concluded with each player being presented with their own, fully personalised, England kit.
The Bulldogs also got the chance to rub shoulders with professional football clubs including Championship side Norwich City, League One’s Oldham Athletic and Romanian outfit Steau Bucharest.
Speaking of the trip, Team Coach Mike Roberts said “The experience of enjoying such unique facilities will stay with the boys forever, the look on their faces as they entered the changing room to see their name and number on an England shirt was fantastic to witness.”
Team Manager, Jackie Thomson added, “We are very grateful to Alumasc for sponsoring our team which has allowed us to give this very special experience to our players which they thoroughly enjoyed and which I’m sure they will remember fondly as they grow up.”
Woolston Rovers Bulldogs play in the Warrington Junior Football league which is the largest of its kind in the country. The club has 28 teams ranging from under 7’s through to under 18’s. As an FA chartered club the Bulldogs team follows the ethics of junior football ensuring that all players are treated equally from the training given by qualified coaches to equal game time on match days.
Stewart Taylor, Alumasc Facades Sales Director said of the support, “We are proud to sponsor a locally based team which offers the same opportunities to all players regardless of their ability and it’s great to know that we helped them to enjoy what sounds like such an invaluable experience.”
Alumasc is a UK manufacturer of External Wall Insulation and Render Systems. Based in St Helens, Merseyside the Company employs a workforce of over 50 people consisting of both production and back-office support staff. Providing local employment to both experienced employees and apprentices, the Company is committed to the provision of the highest quality products and systems, with stringent quality control and environmental procedures firmly in place, to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 respectively.
Alumasc’s render manufacturing facility achieves less than 1% manufactured wastage and is examined annually by an independent auditor to ensure full compliance with all legal requirements regarding health and safety, noise and air pollution, thus providing a safe working environment for our employees and zero impact on the lives of local residents.
Controlled production of consistent, quality materials supplied to every Alumasc site across the UK ensures first-rate application of the Company’s products. A national network of registered, Alumasc-trained specialist contractors deliver superior, efficient installation of Alumasc’s BBA approved External Wall Insulation systems time after time.
For added peace of mind Alumasc has a Quality Control laboratory at St Helens, allowing standard testing of all products produced prior to release for despatch to the customer therefore guaranteeing suitability for purpose. 1kg samples of render material produced are retained on site of every 5th tonne manufactured during the working day and held in quarantine for up to 2 years. This ensures that if, in the unlikely event of a system failure, Alumasc can analyse the retained sample of that product and swiftly provide advice, and ultimately a positive resolution for our customers.
Alumasc’s wide range of External Wall Insulation systems is available with some of the longest accredited BBA certificates in the industry. The Company is proud to be one of the very few UK based manufacturers of External Wall Insulation and Render Systems. If you are interested in any of our products, please Contact Alumasc on +44 (0)1744 648400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) system played a key part in the transformation of a private residence into a retrofit ‘Eco-Home’ and helping to achieve a virtual carbon neutral status.
The property in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire was in need of complete refurbishment. In addition to external wall insulation, the owners took the opportunity to install heat recovery, a biomass boiler and photovoltaic panels to make the house as energy efficient and eco-friendly as possible.
Project architects, YMD Boon, had not used EWI on a private residential refurbishment before and following detailed research into a number of options, they specified Swisslab due to its levels of energy efficiency and the quality of finish offered.
Alumasc’s approved applicator BLD Construction Ltd installed Swisslab with 160mm phenolic insulation over the solid brickwork walls, completing the system with and attractive, cream silicone decorative finish. Following refurbishment, the property’s U values have improved from 0.47 to 0.12w/m2k.
David Henderson of YMD Boon commented: “The Swisslab system offered a thermal capacity that exceeded traditional build standards without compromising the internal layout of the existing building.
“We have been involved in new build Eco-Homes in the past; including Leicester’s original ‘Eco-House’, but a retrofit Eco-Home was a new concept for us. In practice, the external wall insulation has given the existing external walls a thermal performance in excess of the current Building Regulations requirements with the property’s overall performance heading towards carbon neutral.”
The home owners have commented that they are very pleased with the very attractive finish and thermal performance created by the system.
Swisslab is an insulated render system that provides outstanding energy efficiency. Insulation materials are mechanically fixed direct to a continuous substrate and faced with a choice of traditional and lightweight renders. Brick-effect finishes are also available.
For further details on Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system, click here.
During November each year, Movember encourages the growth of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world, raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
From the 1st of November, Alumasc’s clean shaven team faced a month of growing and grooming their moustaches. Known as ‘Mo Bros’, participants become walking, talking advertisements for the entire month raising awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
Movember works with partners to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.
John Carter, Alumasc’s Façade Systems MD congratulated the fundraising efforts of the team. John joined in the fun with colleagues, sporting a fetching ‘home-made’ moustache, along with Product Director Simon Poe at the presentation of ‘Alumasc’s best Movember moustache’ – presented to Despatch Manager, Andy Langley.
Well done to all involved in this worthy cause. More information on Movember can be found at: http://uk.movember.com
Designed by the Bristol studio of architects BDP, the health park in Merthyr Tydfil is scheduled to open to the public in September 2012 and will be the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together GP and primary care services, outpatient clinics, therapies, mental health services and social care on one site.
Swisrail is a flexible, ventilated system which was ideal for application onto the complex detail of the scheme’s design. Alumasc’s approved contractors the Joyner PA Cymru Ltd installed the EWI system comprising 150mm of mineral wool insulation over a lightweight steel frame. The render finish specified was Silkolitt silicone render in a white, rolled texture to complement the building’s contemporary, clean lines. The installation has resulted in the building achieving an impressive U-value of 0.21W/Km2.
For more information on Swisrail, click here
The Homes and Communities Agency and Sustainable Homes have published a guide to help registered providers understand the Green Deal.
The publication details how local authorities and affordable housing providers could work with the Government’s energy efficiency initiative to realise the benefits for their businesses and residents.
The Green Deal comes into effect in October, aiming to improve the energy efficiency of 14m homes by 2020.
Andrew Eagles, managing director of Sustainable Homes, said: ‘Improving the energy efficiency of our 25m homes is a significant challenge. It also provides huge opportunities for enterprising organisations to create solutions. We hope the framework we have developed and the case studies are of use to the sector.’
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published new guidance to help local authorities in England improve the energy efficiency of their residential housing. Issued under the Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA), the guidance asks local authorities to publish a report on their plans to achieve improved energy efficiency by 31st March 2013.
Local authorities will be required to identify practicable and cost-effective measures likely to result in significant energy reduction in all residential accommodation. The guidance also asks authorities to consider the role of key local partners, such as social housing providers and community organisations.
The Government strongly believe that local authorities are best placed to assess the green needs and ambitions of their areas. A well-developed report in response to HECA, highlighting key opportunities, will help attract potential funding partners to work with the authority and other local community groups and stake holders to the benefit of local residents and businesses.
The new HECA guidance will provide a clear outline of what is required, and local authorities will have to report on progress in implementing their proposed measures every two years.
Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) system and ST Silkolitt silicone render have been used for one of Glasgow’s largest ever residential regeneration projects – the refurbishment of 196 homes across five blocks of flats at St Vincent Terrace, Glasgow.
Swistherm was specified for its ability to meet the considerable challenges presented by the properties which are constructed from ‘hard to treat’ Bison Concrete Panels. The Swistherm system has achieved a significant improvement in thermal performance of the project with U-Values across the site being reduced to 0.28W/m2K.
The project was the largest external fabric upgrade ever undertaken by Alumasc approved installers, CCG (Scotland) Ltd, who installed a total of 20,000m2 of Swistherm with 100mm and 60mm mineral wool insulation to the facades and stairwells of five tower blocks ranging from 9 to 13 storeys high.
The sheer scale of the site and its location in the heart of a busy urban area presented major challenges with regard to health and safety, access and logistics.
At the time of refurbishment, St Vincent Terrace was managed by Glasgow Housing Association, who were keen to find an insulated render system that provided an appropriate contemporary finish for such a prominent landmark, whilst also meeting local planning regulations. Tenants were closely involved in the selection of Alumasc’s ST Silkolitt silicone render, which was specified in cream and a variety of blue shades.
Swistherm is a thin-coat insulated render system available for use with a choice of insulation materials including Mineral Wool, EPS and Cork. The system is BBA accredited, fully warranted and ideally suited to properties that require thermal upgrading and aesthetic improvement.
It is manufactured under ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001: 2004 Quality and Environmental Management Systems, is fully weather resistant, and can be faced with Alumasc’s range of Silicone or Mineral renders which are available in a choice of textures and colours.
For further details on Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation systems click here
Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) system has been used as part of the major refurbishment of Quinton’s Court in Needham Market, a mixed use development comprising commercial premises and social housing managed by Suffolk Housing Society.
Converted some years ago from a Victorian warehouse, Quinton’s Court is surrounded by buildings of varying ages and due to its location within the town’s conservation area, the refurbished facade had to replicate the original as closely as possible in order to comply with planning regulations.
Alumasc’s Swisslab system is ideally suited to overcladding existing properties and was recommended for the project as the optimum method of upgrading the façade within the planning guidelines.
The project presented a number of challenges to Alumasc’s Approved Installer Aran Services Ltd, who installed 370m2 of Swisslab with 60mm phenolic insulation onto the solid brick substrate. The building’s use and positioning on a main thoroughfare presented logistical difficulties and works also had to be programmed around window and roofing contractors. The application of the system involved detailing around several difficult-to-access areas above the slate roofs to the rear elevations which were also being re-roofed as part of the refurbishment.
The facade was finished with Alumasc’s M.R. S4 polymer plain render and M.R. S6 masonry paint to match the original look of the building, providing a durable finish less susceptible to cracking and crazing than traditional sand and cement renders.
The completed installation significantly improved the building’s thermal performance from 2.1 w/m2k to a U value of 0.3 w/m2k, whilst upgrading the existing facade in an authentic style in keeping with the surrounding locality.
Swisslab is a BBA Approved and fully warranted system offering a life expectancy in excess of 30 years. It is weather resistant yet vapour permeable and can be faced with Alumasc’s range of Polymer modified renders for a traditional appearance, or Silicone or Mineral renders for a more contemporary look.
For more information on Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation click here
George Hall Court is an eight storey tower block comprising 30 flats managed by Swindon Borough Council. As part of a major redevelopment of the area, the Council was tasked with bringing the building’s energy efficiency levels up to the latest standards and improving the aesthetics to match that of surrounding properties.
The building had an existing EWI system which no longer met Part L of the Building Regulations and therefore required a thermal upgrade. The solution was to overclad the building with 2000m2 of the Alumasc Swistherm system utilising 30mm EPS insulation. Specialist mechanical fixings were used, with a setting tool for penetration of the existing EWI, to ensure the load was transferred through the fixing and only dissipated through the load bearing substrate. The new system resulted in the scheme’s energy efficiency being improved from a U-Value of 0.46W/m2K to 0.33W/m2K. The installation was carried out by Alumasc’s approved contractor Mark Group.
The ST Silkolitt decorative silicone finish has created an attractive rolled texture for the building, which now looks refreshed and modern. Silkolitt was also used to face Alumasc’s Render-only system on the low level external concrete skirting and as a decorative finish in the foyer. Importantly, the nature of the EWI system enabled residents at George Hall Court to remain in their homes for the duration of the refurbishment work.
John Black, a senior surveyor with Swindon Borough Council, commented: “The Alumasc insulation system and render finish have greatly improved the aesthetics of the building and helped to bring it into keeping with the redeveloped area. The system has also improved U-Values and the results have been received very favourably by residents.”
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Helena Partnership’s Moss Bank housing scheme in St Helens has been shortlisted in the Domestic Retrofit category of this year’s Greenbuild Awards.
Alumasc’s Swisspan External Wall Insulation was installed on the scheme which comprises 107 British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF) homes, well known for their poor thermal insulation and environmental performance.
Following intensive research into the choice of systems and manufacturers available, Helena Partnership’s design team specified Alumasc’s Swisspan EWI system incorporating 100mm of Kingspan Kooltherm® K5 External Wall Board insulation, which was installed to the ground and first floor walls by Alumasc’s Approved Installer Forrest of Preston. Since the refurbishment, the U-value of the properties has reduced from 2.09W/m2.K to 0.257W/m2.K, significantly reducing the cost of fuel bills.
The One Show’s Lucy Siegle will be presenting the award winners at Greenbuild Expo in Manchester on 9th and 10th May, where Alumasc will be showcasing their EWI systems ahead of the forthcoming Green Deal.
To read the full Moss Bank case study, click here.
For more information on Alumasc’s Swisspan External Wall Insulation system, click here
A combination of new and well-established products will be on display, demonstrating Alumasc’s focus on sustainable building products for energy and water management within the built environment.
Alumasc Facades will be showcasing their range of thermally efficient External Wall Insulation solutions in readiness for the forthcoming Green Deal initiative. Alumasc Roofing will display leading brands in its Waterproofing and Green Roofing ranges. These include the new Euroroof Impermax cold-applied liquid waterproofing system and Euroroof membranes along with well-trusted brands such as Derbigum, Hydrotech and ZinCo Green Roofs.
Come and see us on Stand S2010.
Greenbuild Expo is the UK’s newest sustainable building and refurbishment event, providing Alumasc with the perfect platform to promote the energy-saving benefits of its EWI systems in readiness for the forthcoming Green Deal initiative.
Alumasc is a specialist in the design and development of insulated render systems for both refurbishment and new build, offering engineered solutions for residential and commercial projects of any scale and making a significant contribution to thermal efficiency and improved aesthetics.
Alumasc’s Swisslab and Swisspan External Wall Insulation systems are primarily suited to refurbishment applications, with an impressive track record in transforming poor quality housing into warm, attractive, energy efficient homes.
Swistherm and Swisrail External Wall Insulation systems are primarily suited to new build applications, with Swistherm being particularly suited for use with Cork insulation, providing the perfect solution for low carbon, sustainable developments.
Alumasc’s EWI systems are BBA accredited, offer full warranty packages and are supported by Alumasc’s unrivalled technical expertise.
For more information, see us on the stand or click here
South Cheshire is amongst the country’s best performing FE colleges and required an innovative and contemporary facility to reflect its excellence and to embody its commitment to social and environmental responsibility. Jefferson Sheard Architects designed a new 26,500sq metre curved building based on the concept of a village street, with individual departments functioning like shop fronts.
The curved facade on the nursery section of the building demanded a first class insulation system. Alumasc worked closely with Approved Installer MIB Facades to deliver an appropriate technical solution for the project.
Rob Sharrock, director of MIB, comments: “We were appointed to install the EWI on this particular section of the building and immediately recommended the Alumasc Swistherm system using 140mm thick Lamella Board finished in 1.5mm white Silkolitt render. We had total confidence that this system would perform superbly and be straightforward to install onto the cement particle board and SFS substrate. As expected, the system has achieved the required U-value of 0.23W/m2K.”
The Main Contractor at South Cheshire College was BAM Construction.
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The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) Awards celebrate leading EWI projects in the UK over the past year, covering new-build, refurb, non-residential and domestic sectors.
Trafford College, which has already earned a RIBA Award and boasts a BREEAM rating of Very Good, was announced Winner of the Non-Residential category at the INCA Conference which took place at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 12 October.
3500m2 of Swistherm was used to create a perfect example of how Alumasc’s EWI systems can deliver performance and aesthetics for modern, energy efficient buildings.
The INCA judges commented: “This project reflects the aesthetic creativity offered by EWI for new build projects and the end result is a striking building which the local community can be rightly proud of”.
For full details of the Trafford College project, click here
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Swisrail External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc has been used to create an attractive, energy efficient facade for Angel Wharf, a new mixed use development in the historic Regent’s Canal area of Islington, London.
Angel Wharf comprises a mix of private and shared ownership apartments and modern office space, situated around a landscaped courtyard in Islington’s regeneration area. The main contractor was Mount Anvil of St Albans and the shared ownership properties are managed by Family Mosaic Housing.
A number of complex design details at Angel Wharf demanded the specification of an EWI system that could demonstrate flexibility and ease of installation. Alumasc’s Swisrail is a thin coat insulated render system specifically designed for use on framed buildings. The system met Angel Wharf’s intricate requirements, easily accommodating interfaces with windows, rendered soffits and rainscreen panels.
Alumasc’s approved installer, C&G Plastering, installed a total of 2,800m2 of Swisrail with 90mm EPS insulation panels to achieve a U-value of 0.3W/Km2. The facade was finished with ST Silkolitt 1.5mm Silicone Render in white.
Swisrail is a fully warranted system with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years, offering full NHBC compliance. It is fully weather resistant, vapour permeable and highly impact resistant.
Please use the following links for more information:
Swisslab External Wall Insulation – Click here
Silkolott Silicone Render – Click here
Alumasc’s full range of EWI systems – Click here
Alumasc Facades BBA Certificates – Click here
BBA Certification – Click here
During the course of Energy Savings Week, homeowners are invited to tap into a range of ideas and advice, designed to help reduce energy bills and promote a greener lifestyle. From how to make the most of your heating and lighting systems, to effectively insulating and weather-proofing your home, EST are on hand with a week of great ideas, to help us all save money.
Alumasc’s Swisslab and swisspan External Wall Insulation (EWI)Systems are recommended by the EST for their thermally efficient properties, and can play a large part in helping to reduce fuel bills. Both systems offer a choice of insulation thicknesses and materials which are proven to achieve very low U values.
In addition to a trusted portfolio of high performance render and thermal insulation systems, Alumasc are also renowned for the quality of their installations. This is thanks to a nationwide network of Approved Installers who are essential in maximising the features, benefits and life expectancy of Alumasc systems on projects across the UK.
To ensure the quality of their Installers, Alumasc hold intensive training courses, carried out by their own technical experts at their UK render manufacturing site in St Helens.
Practical involvement is a key element of the 2-day Alumasc Approved Contractor course, which covers all aspects of application for the Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation systems. Delegates have the opportunity to learn skills in: boarding; fixing; beading, application of base renders and top coats, scrim application and the installation of Alumasc’s acrylic and traditional brickslip systems.
On completion of the course, installers receive a Certificate of Attendance and will receive Alumasc Approved Contractor status after having their first project installation assessed and approved by an Alumasc Site Technician.
For course information or application details on how to become an Alumasc Approved Installer, please call 01744 648400.
Trafford College is a £25million scheme, designed by Stephenson Bell Architects to a BREEAM standard of ‘Very Good’. Alumasc worked closely with the architects throughout the project to achieve a suitable solution for the innovative angular facade. The incorporation of modern building materials and systems into the design of Trafford College required Alumasc to develop new and unique interface details.
The project schedule required the Swistherm EWI system to be installed prior to the windows, so Alumasc detailed weatherproof window reveals to prevent the system being damaged prior to the installation of the glazing. In addition, there was a requirement for Alumasc to create interface details with the GRP Precast Feature Fins and the Sun Louvers that are installed to all south facing 1st floor windows.
A total of 3500m2 of the Swistherm system was installed comprising 80mm EPS insulation boards and Alumasc’s 1.5mm Silkolitt silicone render, the latter contributing to the building’s striking contemporary exterior.
For more information on Alumasc External Wall Insulation systems, click here
The RIBA Awards were set up in 1966 to recognise great architecture all across the country. For details, click here
INCA will be holding their annual Conference & Exhibition on Wednesday 12 October at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and this year will be focussing on how the industry can help to meet the UK’s carbon reduction targets.
The Government’s Chief Construction Adviser Paul Morrell OBE, will deliver the keynote speech, reinforcing the policies published by the Government in their Low Carbon Construction Action Plan.
The conference is well-timed with regard to the Green Deal which is also due to take effect in October and is expected to create a huge increase in the demand for EWI as homes and businesses look to upgrade their properties at no upfront cost.
Representatives from Alumasc will attend the one-day event alongside over 200 delegates from Local Authorities, Housing Associations, architects, consultants and contractors. Leading Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly will present the INCA 2011 Awards recognising the leading EWI projects from the last year.
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The £1.5million upgrade of 16-storey Rawnsley House is thought to be the first in the UK to benefit from the Community Energy Savings Programme, a Government fund delivered to homes in low income areas through partnerships between Local Authorities, Community Groups and Energy Companies. Landlord Bristol City Council worked closely with EDF Energy and carbon reduction company Sustain to deliver the scheme.
3750m2 of Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system, incorporating 70 and 80mm EPS insulation panels was installed by approved installer Rateavon Ltd. U-values of the building improved from 1.28W/m2 K to the target 0.35W/m2 K and the superior thermal efficiency is also set to benefit residents with savings in their energy bills, expected to be in the region of £158 per year.
The original 1960’s brick appearance of Rawnsley House was maintained through the use of Alumasc’s Traditional and Acrylic brick slip which were also installed by Rateavon Ltd. Traditional brick slips were used around the ground floor of the building providing a durable, impact resistant finish whilst Acrylic brick slips provided a lightweight solution on the remainder of the building, with no visible join between the two systems.
Alumasc’s Technical Support Team worked closely with Rateavon, Bristol Council and the project team throughout the duration of the project, providing U-Values, 3D images, Condensation Analyses and full scale samples, to help ensure the success of the scheme.
For more information on Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI Systems, click here
For more information on Alumasc’s specialist Brick Slip systems, click here
Alumasc’s BBA Approved Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) system is now approved for use with Silkolitt Silicone Render (BBA Certificate Number 93/2914 – Product Sheet No.s 1-3). The new certification supports Alumasc’s extensive portfolio of BBA Approved façade systems and ultimately allows greater freedom to specifiers who insist on quality and peace of mind when selecting products.
Swisslab is the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties. It is extensively used to upgrade social housing in order to meet the Decent Homes Standard and strongly contributes to urban regeneration. In addition to its BBA approval, Swisslab is a fully warranted system with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years and is endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust, appearing on their list of Energy Saving Recommended Products.
When Silkolitt Silicone render is used with Swisslab, a striking, contemporary finish is created that is also suitable for new-build applications. High performance Silkolitt is water-repellent, vapour permeable and weather resistant, available with a rolled texture offering 1.5, 2.5 & 3.5mm grain sizes in a wide range of colours. In addition to the Swisslab EWI system, Silkolitt is also compatible with Alumasc’s other insulated render systems: Swisspan, Swistherm and Swisrail.
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Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here
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Alumasc’s full range of EWI Systems, click here
Alumasc Facades BBA Certificates, click here
BBA Certification, click here
The National Insulation Association (NIA) has joined an initiative to support the mass roll-out of Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) in the residential market to meet UK government climate change targets.
The initiative involves three leading industry bodies, the NIA, Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency (SWIGA) and the British Board of Agrement (BBA). The three bodies will be developing an independent installer assessment and surveillance scheme for SWI covering external wall insulation, internal wall insulation and hybrid systems. This initiative forms part of an SWI industry framework developed by the NIA and SWIGA to bring about a 10-fold increase in the capacity of the SWI industry in a controlled manner and will also support UK government targets under the Green Deal.
The NIA and SWIGA are also developing a skills and training platform which includes; onsite assessment and training in the workplace to qualify existing workers; retraining skilled workers from other trades such as cavity wall installers and apprenticeship schemes for new entrants.
Alumasc is a member of insulation trade associations NIA and INCA and we have obtained independent endorsement for our Swisspan and Swisslab External Wall Insulation Systems, which are Energy Saving Recommended for their contribution to the improved overall thermal performance of existing inefficient, hard-to-treat homes.
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Alumasc are an Energy Savings Trust accredited system provider. Simple, cost effective External Wall Insulation EWI solutions are available to thermally upgrade and visually enhance all types of solid wall properties with up to 100% funding available.
Alumasc have experience of working on CESP (Community Energy Saving Programme) funded projects in the UK. For more information click here
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Alumasc’s stand was a hive of activity for the duration of the show, with main attractions on the brand new stand being 3 Zones focussing on Energy Management, Green Roofing and Water Management.
Alumasc were also involved in live daily seminars discussing ‘Top Tips For The Successful Installation And Maintenance Of Green Roofs In New-Build Properties’ and ‘Practical Applications for Natural Materials’, all of which proved highly popular with visitors to the show.
The thermal performance of Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc, has been key in its specification for the upgrade of eight Glasgow multi-storey developments.
Work to the blocks of flats at Kelhead Path and Tinwald Path was implemented by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) as part of a programme designed to modernise homes, making them warmer and drier. Alumasc have worked closely with GHA over the last 7 years, supplying external wall insulation solutions to 80% of all GHA properties under 8 storeys high. The Swisslab system has provided outstanding energy efficiency results and an attractive overall finish, modernising the original dated façades.
The Kelhead Path and Tinwald Path blocks presented the challenge of “Hard-to-Treat” construction, for which Swisslab is perfectly suited. Its robust finish, coupled with ease of installation, provided a consistent appearance across the uneven wall construction and furthermore, 100% of the residents were able to remain in-situ whilst the installation work took place.
Alumasc Approved Installers Transcast Ltd and Recast Rendering Systems, installed Swisslab EWI on behalf of the Main Contractor Lovell, installing 70mm PIR insulation to the front and rear elevations. The upper floors were finished in Brightstone Cream aggregate on white backing render and Harvest aggregate on cream backing render. To create an attractive traditional finish, Alumasc’s Brick Slips were applied to the ground floors.
The use of Swisslab has resulted in an overall U-value of 0.3w/m² across the project, with major reductions being observed in the carbon emissions generated by the blocks.
Swisslab is the market leading insulated render system for overcladding existing properties. It is extensively used to upgrade social housing in order to meet the Decent Homes Standard and strongly contributes to urban regeneration. It is a BBA approved, fully warranted system with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years.
For more information on Alumasc’s Facade systems, click here
The thermal and sustainable benefits of cork insulation were key in its specification for a unique social housing refurbishment scheme in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire – the first significant use of Cork EWI on social housing in the UK.
Managed by Aspire Housing Association, the 54 Cussins properties on the Staffordshire scheme were constructed after the Second World War to a non-traditional design with steel frames. The engineers and project managers, Michael Dyson Associates Ltd, carried out initial surveys to determine the condition of the properties and specified Alumasc’s Swisspan External Wall Insulation system with 50mm Cork panels, which is perfectly suited to non-traditional or problematic refurbishment applications.
Cork is designated an A+ rating in the Green Guide to Specification for maximum benefit in BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes assessments and when used with Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation systems, the result is a high performance façade that offers all the benefits of an insulated render system, but with enhanced environmental credentials.
Jeff Collett, Associate Director of Michael Dyson Associates Ltd, comments: “We have been taking a keen interest in the development of sustainable insulation for quite some time and were aware of cork’s potential. We considered a number of insulation materials for the Aspire homes and decided that Cork met the performance requirements as well as being the obvious sustainable choice.”
Cork insulation can be used in conjunction with all Alumasc EWI systems and the Cork/Swisspan system at Aspire has increased the homes’ energy efficiency levels to the required u-value of 0.35W/m2K, creating a warmer, more attractive place for residents to live.
David Cartwright, Environmental Champion with the project’s main contractors, Frank Haslam Milan (FHM), comments: “On the Aspire contract, the pre-construction team worked hard for solutions which would both improve the building fabric whilst considering their inherent environmental impacts. We favoured natural cork for its low carbon footprint properties together with its excellent insulation value and sound transmission qualities.”
No chemicals or additives are used in the manufacture of Cork and it boasts the lowest embodied energy of all commonly used insulation materials. A huge variety of indigenous wildlife is dependent upon the maintenance of the cork oak forests and its production helps stabilise rural economies, populations and local culture in the poorer agricultural areas of Southern Europe.
Chris Lister, Development Manager at Alumasc comments: “Alumasc is currently the only supplier of Cork EWI in the UK. We believe that cork is the future of building with natural insulation. When combined with Alumasc high performance renders, all the benefits of insulated render systems are achieved with the environmental benefits of using a natural product.”
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To download the Cork brochure, click here
To view Alumasc’s Sustainability Statement, click here
The Award ceremony was held at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Wednesday 13 October, where the distinctive façade of West London’s NHBC award-winning Highpoint Village, was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Residential High Rise Newbuild Category.
The project involved a number of complex design features requiring Alumasc to work closely with their approved installer Lawtech Ltd and contractors Oskomera, to achieve the architectural requirements of the scheme.
For more information on Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems, click here.
A ‘Hard-To-Treat’ social housing scheme in Newcastle has been given a new lease of life thanks to Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) from Alumasc.
The Slatyford Estate is managed by the city’s ALMO, Your Homes Newcastle, and forms part of a £500m programme to bring Newcastle’s 30,000 housing stock up to Decent Homes Standard by 2011.
Slatyford is one of many estates built in the 1950’s using Wimpey No Fines Construction, which notoriously presents a number of challenges during refurbishment. The ‘honeycomb’ nature of No Fines concrete makes the external walls vulnerable to damp and results in poor insulation properties. These issues needed to be addressed by the new façade system, whilst providing a consistent, vibrant finish to regenerate the look of the area.
Alumasc Approved Contractor Sykes Specialist Contracting Ltd of Gateshead installed the Swisslab EWI to 18 3-storey structures, using 50mm phenolic high density insulation panels to hugely improve the thermal performance of the scheme. A significant reduction in U-Value was achieved, taking the previous reading from 2.11W/m2K down to 0.35W/m2K. Used extensively to upgrade social housing in order to meet the Decent Homes Standard, Swisslab is a BBA approved, fully warranted system with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years. Swisslab strongly contributes to urban regeneration, providing outstanding energy efficiency and reducing heating costs. The system also allowed work to take place with no displacement of residents.
The Swisslab system was faced with 1.5mm ST Silkolitt silicone render in shades of cream with a rolled finish. Silkolitt is vapour permeable and highly water resistant, allowing the building to breathe and assisting further with the issues of internal condensation brought about by Wimpey No Fines.
Alumasc Acrylic Brickslips were then used to construct string and soldier feature bands in Buff and Terracotta. Acrylic Brick Slips have been developed directly to complement Alumasc’s wide range of lightweight render systems and are extensively used to match existing detail after renovation work. They offer a hard-wearing, UV-Stable solution on areas of façade where the use of real bricks would not be viable due to their weight.
The mix of aggregates in No Fines construction also presents difficulties when applying fixings. Alumasc’s Technical Team performed Pull-Out tests to ascertain the correct fixings for use with the difficult substructure, ensuring that the system could resist the design wind load.
Alumasc’s Swisslab system is recommended by the Energy Saving Trust for its contribution to the improved overall thermal performance of existing inefficient, hard-to-treat homes. It is manufactured under ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 14001: 2004 Quality and Environmental Management Systems.
Main Contractors on the Slatyford Project were Straightline Construction of Newcastle upon Tyne. www.stline.co.uk.
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Swistherm and NHBC approved Swisrail External Wall Insulation systems from Alumasc, have created the distinctive façade of West London’s NHBC award-winning Highpoint Village, helping the project to achieve a BREEAM class 1 rating.
The multi-use development comprises 438 attractive residential units, retail outlets, and a hotel nestled between the Grand Union Canal and the Heathrow Express Line. The project involved a number of complex design features proposed by Project Architects Rolfe Judd in conjunction with Ballymore Properties, requiring Alumasc to work closely with their approved installer Lawtech Ltd and contractors Oskomera, to achieve the architectural requirements of the scheme.
A unique Picture Frame detail was constructed from Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) insulation and interfaced with timber cladding on one of the blocks. The feature was designed using movement profiles which allow it to move independently of the substructure and enable it to withstand the significant wind loadings placed upon the nine storey structure.
This area of the facade was then completed using Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI – a lightweight, thin coat insulated render system, ideally suited to contemporary and new build applications where the structure provides continuous support for insulation slabs. The Picture Frame gives the building a distinctive, modern look which stands out dramatically from surrounding blocks.
Alumasc’s Swisrail system, which is designed for use on framed buildings, was specially adapted to accommodate the project design at Highpoint Village. A bespoke 40mm cavity was incorporated behind the façade system to accommodate ventilation services, however the system’s primary function of providing a drained cavity in accordance with NHBC requirements was maintained.
The 170mm EPS and Mineral Wool insulation panels used on the scheme achieved a U-value of 0.18W/Km2. The render finish used was ST Silkolitt 1.5mm Silicone Render in white and grey.
Alumasc External Wall Insulation Systems are BBA approved and fully warranted, with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years. They are manufactured under ISO 9001: 2000 and ISO 14001: 2004 Quality and Environmental Management Standards.
The main contractor at Highpoint Village was Ballymore Properties.
For more information on Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems, click here
As environmental issues continue to dictate modern building practice, Façade specialist Alumasc has reinforced its commitment to sustainable methods, with the release of its new Cork Literature.
Cork is the future of building with natural insulation and when combined with Alumasc high performance renders, all the benefits of insulated render systems are achieved with the added environmental impact of using a natural product. Cork is a sustainable, long life, renewable product with good sound proofing and is free from artificial inputs. As an insulant, it is ideal for saving energy and protecting the environment, whilst complementing modern building techniques.
The new Cork brochure presents the technical characteristics of Cork and fully explains Alumasc’s cultivation methods and the ecological processes involved in farming this valuable resource. Clear illustrations of system build-up, colour and texture swatches have also been included to assist with the specification process.
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To download the brochure, click here
Burbo Point is a stunning residential complex located on the Crosby coast at Blundellsands. Designed by RAL Architects of Southport, the prestigious building, which features Merseyside’s most expensive apartment priced at £1.7m, has been awarded the Local Authority Building Control Award for Best Large Housing Development 2010 and will be put forward for a National LABC Award later in the year.
The 5-storey apartment building required a robust facade which could withstand its coastal weather conditions whilst also offering the versatility to cope with the modern curved walls.
RAL specified 1500 square metres of Alumasc’s Swisrail External Wall Insulation system with Silkolitt silicone render, which exceeded regulatory insulation values whilst creating an eye-catching exterior, with unsurpassed weather resistance.
NHBC approved Swisrail is ideally suited to new-build applications. It incorporates a rail system that isolates the cladding from the majority of the frame, creating an additional barrier against external water ingress and allowing internal moisture control in the event of breach. Swisrail provides a seamless insulated façade that is specifically tailored to the needs of lightweight frame construction.
Click here for more information on our Facade systems or for literature call 0808 100 2008.
Sustainable building products from Alumasc have excelled at the prestigious 2010 BREEAM Awards which recognise the UK’s top examples of ecological design.
Alumasc products were specified on no less than 10 of the 16 short-listed projects – with four of the overall winners featuring Alumasc high performance Roofing and Facades systems.
The hotly contested awards, which were presented at this year’s Ecobuild, recognise and reward the highest scoring buildings certified under BREEAM each year. Following independent assessment and certification, the successful projects all achieved ‘Excellent’ BREEAM ratings, earning the most performance credits available in areas such as energy, materials, waste and ecology.
Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall insulation featured heavily in the winning list, having been specified on the new Bletchley Leisure Centre in Milton Keynes, recipient of the BREEAM Bespoke Award; White River Place in St Austell, winner of the BREEAM Retail Award; and Salisbury Law Court, winner in the BREEAM Courts Category.
Swistherm is a BBA approved, thin coat insulated render system, which can be finished in a choice of silicone or mineral-based topcoats. Offering outstanding thermal efficiency, Swistherm is weatherproof, eliminates interstitial condensation and reduces energy consumption. Insulation slabs are available in a variety of materials including polystyrene, mineral wool or highly sustainable natural cork for environmentally sensitive applications.
Winner of the BREEAM Industrial Award – Defra’s Veterinary Laboratory Agency Store in Weybridge – featured Alumasc’s Derbigum single layer waterproofing system. BBA Approved and warranted for 25 years, Derbigum was chosen for its exceptional long-term performance and durability. It is manufactured under the ISO 14001:2204 and EMAS Environmental Management Standards and is fire rated F.AA to BS476 Pt3 (EN1187 Pf4), the highest available rating, which allows for unrestricted use under Building Regulations.
Chris Lister, Development Manager at Alumasc, commented: “We are delighted that Alumasc products have made significant contributions to so many of these short listed and award-winning BREEAM projects. As a company, we can offer a wide variety of A+ rated solutions, allowing designers and specifiers to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’ building designs”.
For more information on how Alumasc can help you achieve BREEAM ratings, please click here or call 01744 648400.
Cork is the future of building with natural insulation. It is a sustainable, long life, renewable product with good sound proofing and is free from artificial inputs. As an insulant, it is ideal for saving energy and protecting the environment, whilst complementing modern building techniques.
When combined with Alumasc high performance renders, all the benefits of insulated render systems are achieved with the added environmental impact of using a natural insulation product.
The benefits of cork insulation include:
• 100% natural: no chemicals or additives are used in the manufacture of cork.
• Energy efficient manufacture: very low energy consumption is used by the manufacturing process. Zero Ozone depletion and zero global warming are also achieved.
• Lowest embodied energy of all commonly used insulation materials.
• Sustains a huge variety of indigenous wildlife which is dependent upon the maintenance of the cork oak forests.
• Stabilises rural economies, populations and local culture in the poorer agricultural areas of Southern Europe.
For more information on the use of Cork as a natural insulation material, click here.
We are pleased to announce that our thermally efficient facade systems have been endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust and added to their list of Energy Saving Recommended Products.
The Energy Saving Trust is an independent UK-based organisation focussed on reducing carbon emissions, providing free, impartial advice to businesses and consumers who are looking to conserve energy.
We sought to obtain this independent endorsement of our External Wall Insulation (EWI) systems some time ago, in anticipation of the rollout of government-backed Pay As You Save (PAYS) schemes and similar methods of funding the thermal upgrade of UK housing stock.
Swisslab and Swisspan EWI systems are Energy Saving Recommended for their contribution to the improved overall thermal performance of existing inefficient, hard-to-treat homes. These systems have been used extensively in refurbishment applications nationwide to bring solid wall structures or properties with problematic substrates up to The Decent Homes Standard.
EWI-treated buildings allow the fabric of the building to act as a heat store, increasing thermal efficiency and thus reducing heating costs and carbon emissions. An added benefit is the vast improvement to the external appearance of these buildings via the application of attractive, yet durable render finishes. The range comprises lightweight silicone or mineral options for a stylish, contemporary look with a range of polymer-modified renders available to achieve a more traditional appearance.
Swisslab is the market leading insulated render solution for over cladding existing properties where the structure can provide continuous support for the insulation slabs and is equally suited for low or high rise projects. Swisspan is used where the mechanical fixing of the insulation is problematic or where the substrate is uneven. Insulation is fixed to galvanised steel support rails that span between the loadbearing elements of the structure.
Both systems are fully warranted and BBA approved, with a life expectancy in excess of 30 years. A choice of insulation thicknesses and materials including natural cork is available to achieve very low U values.
For more information on our Energy Saving Recommended façade systems click here
Alumasc have supplied their Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) to a cutting edge residential project in Wales which has been built to PassivHaus standards, representing the very latest in sustainable building design.
The project, named Ty Haul, fulfilled an initial design brief to meet AECB requirements at Gold level – a standard not achieved by any other residential building in the UK.
The outstanding thermal performance of Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system was key in its specification as part of an environmentally sound construction package. Owner Simon Phillips, whose vision for a self-sustaining, low carbon home led to the formation of his sustainable building company Passiv Solar Homes, designed Ty Haul in partnership with his father’s architects practice Michael Phillips Architects of Ludlow in Shropshire.
The use of Swistherm with 240mm extruded platinum polystyrene insulation had the ability to achieve the target U-value of 0.10w/m2K, exceeding the PassivHaus requirement.
For comprehensive details of Alumasc’s façade systems or to request literature, please contact Alumasc on 0808 100 2008 or visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk
Simon Phillips can be contacted at Passiv Solar Homes on 01407 810326.
Michael Phillips Architects, Ludlow can be contacted on 01584 877396.
Minister of State for Schools and Learners, Vernon Coaker MP, has been talking at the recent BSEC conference about his impression of the nations schools.
He described the governments BSF programme as a “real record of achievement” and spoke of the significant change brought about in our primary and secondary schools, touching specifically on the award winning architectural designs that make our modern school buildings “inspirational and exciting” places to be.
Mr Coaker continued “The important thing now is to bring every school building up to the standard that we want. To make them modern, light and airy and environmentally friendly.”
Alumasc has long been involved in school building initiatives and we are working closely alongside a number of architectural and contract partners on some of the country’s most innovative school buildings. Alumasc’s green roofs, waterproofing systems, thermally efficient external wall insulation and recyclable rainwater systems have all been specified on educational projects to help minimise their impact on the environment.
Let’s hope that by building greener schools, the young generations learning inside them can be confident of a more positive outlook for the earth’s resources.
16 of the country’s ‘most sustainable’ buildings were recognised at the 2010 BREEAM Awards at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition in London. ‘These buildings have comprehensively demonstrated their remarkable environmental credentials’ comments BRE Global Chief Executive Carol Atkinson.
The award-winning schemes achieved Excellent BREEAM ratings earning the most performance credits available in the areas of energy, materials, waste, water, ecology, pollution, transport, management and health and well-being. Each development has been independently assessed and certified.
Alumasc are proud to announce that 4 of the award winning schemes had Alumasc high performance Roofing and/or Facades systems installed on them. These were:
Bespoke Project – Bletchley Leisure Centre, Milton Keynes – using Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI).
Industrial Project – VLA Stores, Surrey – using Derbigum Flat Roofing System.
As Mr. B. Dylan once sang….”the times they are a-changing”.
External Wall Insulation in the UK housing market has long been the well kept secret of social landlords and those not afraid of building a new wall without a cavity. Now, thanks to the good people at the Department of Energy and Climate Change and ably assisted by the Insulated Cladding and National Insulation Associations, INCA & NIA, solid wall insulation is set to become the thermal upgrade for the masses.
The country’s existing housing stock is ready for Solid Wall Insulation. Just as double glazing and draft excluders started the work on the UK’s pre-cavity properties, so the next stage in these energy conscious times is to do something about solid 9-inch brick walls. Why should we have to revert to wearing a jumper in the comfort of our own homes when we can improve our houses? For there to be any chance of meeting UK targets for thermally efficient dwellings and reduction in energy use, the solution of wrapping your home in its own externally insulating ‘jumper’ may be the most credible answer.
For more details on Alumasc’s Energy Savings Trust accredited External Wall Insulation systems, visit www.alumascfacades.co.uk.
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