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.”
As part of the ongoing development of Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Based Design and Build Contractor SDC were commissioned to deliver a new dynamic sports centre for the town of Flitwick in Bedfordshire, adjacent to the existing centre which is due to be demolished.
As with many of today’s new build’s: a variety of facades finishes were specified, including a quality long-lasting, coloured render system, to give a bright, clean and seamless finish to the building’s facade. Alumasc were selected due to it’s proven track record and the technical support prior, during and at completion of the project.
Alumasc Approved Applicator Jordaya Ltd were awarded the contract and installed the ST render Only System to the highest standard within a tight programme. Alumasc are delighted to have been able to meet all requirements and wish the residents of Flitwick and surrounding town’s and villages many years of enjoyment at the centre.
For more information about EWI in the South East, contact Area Manager Joe Dawson on +(44) 7720 883 677
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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.”
Click here for more information on Alumasc’s Swisslab External Insulation System.
If you would like more information about EWI option in the South West, contact Lee Carter on: 07801 253 798