External Wall Insulation Training Mornings with Howarth Timber and Building Supplies

Howarth Timber and Building Supplies teamed up with Alumasc to help local tradesmen get to grips with Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems by holding a series of External Wall Insulation Training days.

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On the 18th and 25th June 2013 External Wall Insulation training mornings were held at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies at the Rochdale and St Helens Premises giving their existing customers based in West Yorkshire and the North West the chance to take part and enhance their installation skills.

Phil Bull from Alumasc delivered a presentation outlining the benefits of what External Wall Insulation is and the obligation of energy companies to adhere to Green Deal financing mechanism which gives people the opportunity to pay for energy-efficiency improvements through savings on their energy bills.

Alumasc’s Jason Gledhill performed a Swistherm EWI practical demo with Howarth Timber and Building Supplies’ existing customers.

They were encouraged to get involved and see for themselves the quality of Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation products and the ease of which they can be applied.

Alumasc External Wall Insulation products will be stocked at Howarth Timber and Building Supplies branches in the near future.

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Greater Manchester Colleges Compete In Skills Demo Event At MediaCityUK

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Student representatives from the Greater Manchester Colleges competed in a Skills Demonstration Competition event held in the heart of MediaCityUK.

Alumasc Sponsors of the World Skills Event Held at FutureSkills, Salford, Manchester

The event, hosted by Salford City College’s new FutureSkills Centre in association with Alumasc Exterior Building Products Ltd, saw competitors install key components of Alumasc’s external wall insulation system onto demonstration walls.

Representatives from Salford City College, Tameside College and The Manchester College were accompanied by apprentices training with Whittakers Construction and Forrest Construction.

Allan Milne, Head of Skills Academy for Construction & Built Environment at FutureSkills, said “Many congratulations to the competitors and winners of today’s event. The level of skill on show was exceptionally high and I know the assessors had a tough time choosing the winners.

Many thanks also to Alumasc for their support throughout this project.”
The joint first prize award went to Rachael Howarth and Matt Casey from Whittakers Construction; second prize was awarded to Sam Wardley from Salford City College and third prize went to Kyle Moore from The Manchester College.

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Rachael Howarth and Matt Casey Receive their prizes from Colin Goodall, Investment Delivery Manager at Salix Homes

Phillip Bull of Alumasc said “It was clear the competitors found the day really informative and applicable to daily on-site work conditions. The team from Alumasc was very happy to have been invited by Salford City College to be part of the event, and was pleased for the support of the Alumasc Approved Regional Contractors and local Housing Associations who visited on the day and passed on their knowledge to the competitors.”

The event was hosted as part of a portfolio of events, work and evidence created by the Greater Manchester Colleges as part of a bid to WorldSkills for funding for the next academic year which, if granted, will enable each of the colleges to further develop their skills provision.

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Alumasc transforms a Private House into an ‘Eco-Home’

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.

gartreeThe 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.