Alumasc Render creates contemporary look at new Shropshire Offices


Alumasc Facade Systems registered contractors, J Minton Plastering Ltd have created a striking, contemporary facade for a new office development in Shropshire.

DGA Architects and contractors Matrix IDC Ltd were also involved in the overall project which saw Alumasc’s Silkolitt Silicone Render used in standard white with a 1.5mm rolled texture.

Speaking of the installation, Area Sales Manager, Nigel Walters said, “I’d like to thank Jason Minton from J Minton Plastering for the excellent work his team did on this project.”

“DGA Architects were a pleasure to work with and hopefully we will be working with them on a number of upcoming projects in the area.”

ShrewsburyBusinessPark440x360(3)“The final result is great and gives the building a distinctive and unique look that will provide it with a durable, weather resistant finish for many years to come”

Alumasc Silkolitt Silicone Render creates a contemporary finish for new build and remodelling applications and is suitable for direct application to solid walls.

It can also be used as part of an external wall insulation system including Alumasc’s Swistherm, Swisrail and Swisslab EWI systems.

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New Alumasc Facade Systems Projects Now Online


A number of new, completed projects have been added to the Project Profiles section of the Alumasc Façade Systems website.

The projects range from private housing, to medium rise properties, to a nursery school and a number of commercial projects, now added to their own dedicated section.

Two private properties, Grantwood Road and Charlecombe Road have been refurbished with Alumasc Façade products.

Grantwood Road a large, three bedroom detached house has been refurbished with Silkolitt Silicone Render, providing the property with a new, high quality exterior finish.

Charlecome Road, which has been shortlisted for a 2015 INCA Award, has undergone an extensive refurbishment with External Wall Insulation.

Swisslab EWI has been used with phenolic insulation which has saw the U Value of property reduced from 2.14W/m2k to 0.28W/m2k.

Another site which has benefited from External Wall Insulation from Alumasc, is the Exeter Cathedral School Nursery. The newly built nursery utilised Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation, providing it with a high quality external appearance and energy efficiency.

DSCN0016Planning constraints meant that the area in which the nursery is based is of ‘historical interest’ meaning the silicone render finish had to match the colour of the existing city walls.

Three projects have also been added to the website which have used the new, Alumasc Ventilated System (AVS) for timber framed properties.

AVS 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.

Two medium rise properties, Carnwadrik and Panmure Street in Scotland have benefited from AVS along with Bellevue Terrace, a number of new terraced house in the Tottderdown area of Bristol.

Finally, two commercial projects have been added to the website, with a new, dedicated Commercial Projects section created.

A striking and contemporary look has been given to a new office development on Shrewsbury Business Park thanks to Alumasc Silkolitt Silcone Render which was used in standard white with a 1.5mm rolled texture.

High Barn Farm Kennels meanwhile have used Alumasc Swistherm External Wall Insulation on a new building to house dogs, keeping the building warm and insulated for the pets.  The full range of projects can be seen by clicking the links below:

Grantwood Road

Charlecombe Road

Exeter Cathedral School Nursery


Panmure Street

Bellevue Terrace

Unit 23, Shrewsbury Business Park

High Barn Farm Kennels 


INCA Release Best Practice Guide for EWI


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.”

To download the INCA Best Practice Guide for External Wall Insulation, click the image of the brochure above or click here.

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Alumasc’s New Ventilated Facade Solution for Timber Framed Buildings


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.

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EWI Industry to Meet New Minister

3120ebfIndustry 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.

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INCA Awards 2015 – Five Shortlisted entries for Alumasc

Ravenscraig Flats

Alumasc Facade Systems are delighted to announce that 5 of their projects have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Insulated Render & Cladding Association (INCA) Awards 2015 which recognise innovation and excellence in External Wall Insulation (EWI).

EWI is central to improving the energy efficiency of homes and businesses in the UK in order to meet the country’s carbon reduction targets.

The awards will be announced at the INCA Awards Dinner 2015 on Thursday 8th October in London.

Speaking of the shortlist announcement, Stewart Taylor, Sales Director for Alumasc Facades, said, “Securing 5 shortlisted entries in the 2015 INCA awards is testament to our
commitment to providing energy efficient external wall insulation solutions along with our continued investment in research and development.”

Park Road Flats

“We are thoroughly looking forward to the Awards Ceremony later this year and we will be eagerly awaiting the final results.”

Alumasc’s shortlisted projects are:

Ravenscraig Flats, Kirkcaldy

Park Road Flats, West Lothian

Northfield House, Bristol

Charlecombe Road, Bristol

Telford & Wrekin, Telford

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Latest GDHIF Figures

hays_1226562The 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.

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Alumasc Assists with Abseiling Facelift at Centrium House

Before Treatment

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.

Application by Abseiler’s

Alumasc’s Anti-Fungicide Solution was used to treat the affected areas, followed by power washing and the application of a new coat of Alumasc’s high performance Silicone Paint.

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.”

The Completed Facade

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Scottish Government Funding Announced

Scottish government logo (1)The Scottish Government has announced the next phase of the HEEPS: Cashback Scheme and a new HEEPS: Loan Scheme as part of a £103 million investment to tackle fuel poverty.

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.

New Alumasc BIM Files – External Wall Insulation

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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

Added Value

• 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.