Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation (EWI) Systems from Alumasc, have been used in the refurbishment of the Victoria Estate in Featherstone, West Yorkshire – a large housing estate of terraced properties managed by Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).
WDH, the largest housing provider in the region, appointed Effective Energy to deliver funding under the ECO initiative for EWI as part of their on-going programme of works at Victoria Estate. The programme also included solar panels, energy efficient boilers, roof and facia soffit repairs, which resulted in a complete external facelift.
In total, Alumasc Registered Contractor CPM Contracts, installed Alumasc EWI systems to 109 properties, in order to provide an energy efficient, weatherproof exterior to the solid brick construction homes, with the added benefit of transforming their appearance, with the new, attractive render finishes.
The lower halves of the properties were fitted with Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system, faced with a brick-effect render in dark terracotta. This provided a weather resistant exterior, which is highly resistant to impact damage. The upper wall areas were completed with Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system, incorporating a tinted, high performance Silkolitt silicone render. 90mm EPS insulation formed part of both EWI systems, enhancing thermal performance, resulting in warmer homes.
Both systems were specified by CPM in order to fulfill the client’s brief which required the refurbished properties to blend in with the privately owned properties on the estate. Another challenge was presented by the differing number of outbuildings and building details that needed specific angle beading incorporated to allow for a smooth profile at the properties.
Ian Carter, Managing Director at CPM Contracts, comments:
“This was the first time we had used Alumasc’s EWI systems and we’re delighted with the results. The technical support available to us was first class – the Alumasc team helped us ascertain the correct specification before we started works and offered continuous support throughout the project.
The finished result is excellent and we’ve already specified Alumasc EWI at our next project which sees the refurbishment of another 100 properties in the area.”
Speaking about the difference that the EWI has made to the comfort of her home, a Victoria Estate resident said:
“The difference that the insulation has already made is very positive. My gas smart meter payments have gone from £80-£100 per month, down to £35-£40. I’m delighted with the cost savings so far, and my house also feels much warmer and cosier.”