The Alumasc Ventilated System – Decorative ventilated solution for timber framed construction

Alumasc Ventilated System

The Alumasc Ventilated System is a fully engineered, decorative solution for new build, timber framed constructions following TRADA guidelines using textured silicone, acrylic brick slip or aggregate dash finishes.

AVS provides a solution for the requirements and guidelines set out by both the NHBC and TRADA for timber framed construction.

Due to the systems’ free flowing 25mm cavity, it remains both continuously ventilated and drained whilst maintaining detailing true to traditional build expectations.

This ensures the timber substrate sustains its ventilation requirements and prevents any moisture tracking back to its fabric, providing a protective façade.

Off-Site Manufacture

Off-site manufacture has been a growing feature in construction for over a decade, with the proportion of the building fabric created off-site reaching 80% in leading projects.

AVS has been designed with this in mind, producing and delivering successful off-site manufactured projects.

Fast & Light

AVS projects are delivered quicker than traditional building methods and are significantly lighter.

This means projects are handed over sooner and the mass of materials required in footings is decreased, both providing significant savings.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

GDHIF Phase 1 Vouchers Extended

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DECC recently confirmed in a press release that Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) phase 1 vouchers will be extended to 31 March 2015.

This one-off voucher extension, which is effective immediately, applies to vouchers that have an expiry date before 31 March 2015 and have not yet been redeemed including vouchers that have already expired.

To claim, eligible householders should complete the work and submit their voucher to the scheme administrator by 31 March 2015.

Phase 2 vouchers for for solid wall insulation are not be affected and will be valid for six months as per the expiry date on the voucher; however, DECC is encouraging the industry to redeem phase 2 vouchers before 31 March 2015 to ensure that as much funding as possible is allocated from that available in this financial year.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Voucher Deadline Extended to 31/03/2015

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The two trade bodies for solid wall insulation, the National Insulation Association and INCA, have today reported that DECC will be extending the validity of vouchers already issued as part of the first phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), until 31st March 2015.

A very large number of vouchers that were issued as part GDHIF-1 (£120m) have not yet been redeemed for a variety of reasons and have missed the 6 month deadline for redemption.

This is excellent news and will enable many more householders that have applied for vouchers to have works completed and benefit from both the thermal improvements and the subsequential cost savings.

DECC estimate that this could affect some 3,900 existing voucher holders.

Vouchers from GDHIF Phase 2 will not be affected and will still be valid for six months as per the expiry date on the voucher, however DECC is also strongly encouraging the industry to redeem Phase 2 vouchers before 31 March 2015, to ensure that as much funding as possible is allocated from that available in this financial year.

For further details, you can access a copy of DECC’s press release Click Here.

INCA Launches Manifesto to Improve Energy Efficiency with External Wall Insulation

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The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has published a manifesto ahead of the General Election calling on any future Government to set out a clear role for external wall insulation (EWI) as part of a coherent energy efficiency strategy.

The INCA manifesto builds on the findings of the report from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), Up Against the (Solid) Wall: What Changes to the ECO Mean for Energy Efficiency Policy, which demonstrates the substantial benefits of solid wall insulation for the UK, including the employment, health and social impacts on residents. INCA is calling for support for External Wall Insulation to improve energy efficiency, cut fuel bills and lift households out of poverty and the manifesto makes the case for a long-term energy efficiency strategy with sustainable funding initiatives.

INCA has put forward the following ‘key asks’ for any future Government:

1. Recognise the economic case for investment in EWI to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty, to create growth in the UK economy and to support community regeneration

2. Develop and implement an energy efficiency strategy that supports EWI on a large scale with realistic targets for upscaling the delivery of EWI to insulate 3.5 million solid wall properties by 2030.

3. Commit to consistent policies which allow the EWI industry to invest and plan for the future to the benefit of its clients.

4. Prioritise funding for sustainable funding initiatives developed with input from the industry.

INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry said:

“There is still a huge challenge to meet with the latest Government figures showing that only 3% of the 8 million solid wall properties in Britain have received insulation. At the current installation rate it will take around 150 years to insulate all solid wall homes, which undermines the important role upgrading our existing housing stock has on lowering carbon emissions and reducing fuel poverty. The General Election offers a real opportunity to make the industry’s voice heard and bring about a step change in the approach from Government.”

New Training Centre for Engineered Ventilated Façade System

As well as having a trusted portfolio of high performance render and thermal insulation systems, Alumasc are also renowned for the high quality of our installations. For this reason we have held intensive training courses at our UK render manufacturing site for a number of years.

These 2-day courses, carried out by our own technical experts, involve practical involvement as a key element and have covered all aspects of application of Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation systems.

Alumasc Ventilated System

 

Following the construction of a house using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) within our Installer Training Centre, Alumasc are pleased to announce that a new training course for the installation of the Alumasc Ventilated System is now available.

The Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS) is an engineered ventilated façade system. It is suitable for use on any timber framed building up to 18m in height and can be utilised in-situ on traditional timber frames or SIPS, in off-site manufacture or for modular fabrication. The system can be installed with either a textured silicone, acrylic brick slip or aggregate dash finish to provide a decorative rain screen solution for timber framed construction following TRADA guidelines. The system also comes with a full package of detail drawings.

AVS has a life expectancy of up to 60 years and comes with a 10 year warranty for projects installed by Alumasc Approved Installers and utilising a full AVS specification. The system has been put through rigorous testing and met all requirements set out by both the NHBC and TRADA for timber framed construction.

Opportunities to gain skills in boarding, fixing, beading, application of base renders and top coats, scrim application and the installation of Alumasc’s traditional and Acrylic Brickslip Systems are also available.

Download our Alumasc Ventilated System Brochure by Clicking Here.

To find out more about Alumasc’s Venitlated Facade System click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

INCA External Wall Insulation Manifesto Launched

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Ahead of the General Election in May, INCA has published a manifesto which calls on any future Government to set out a clear role for External Wall Insulation as part of a coherent energy efficiency strategy by:

1. Recognising the economic case for investment in External Wall Insulation to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty, to create growth in the UK economy and to support community regeneration

2. Developing and implementing an energy efficiency strategy that supports External Wall Insulation on a large scale with realistic targets for upscaling the delivery of External Wall Insulation to insulate 3.5 million solid wall properties by 2030

1. Committing to consistent policies which allow the External Wall Insulation industry to invest and plan for the future to the benefit of its clients

4. Prioritising funding for sustainable funding initiatives developed with input from the industry.

Over the coming months, INCA will be engaging with key Government and political stakeholders to support the keys asks in the manifesto with backing from our industry stakeholders.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.