Alumasc Projects Highly Commended by INCA

Two outstanding refurbishment projects from Alumasc have been Highly Commended at this year’s INCA Awards.

Seagate_PRpicThe Awards represent the flagship event for the external wall insulation (EWI) industry designed to recognise and promote the quality of installation carried out by INCA members. Alumasc also received recognition for 4 additional projects which were all shortlisted in their respective categories.

The first of Alumasc’s projects to be Highly Commended was Seagate Court in the Domestic Refurbishment High Rise category. 

Seagate Court prior to refurb
Seagate Court prior to refurb

The project had been subject to rigorous weathering due to its coastal location in East Wittering – and it required a major external overhaul. 

2200 square metres of Swistherm EWI was installed to all exterior facades of the four blocks by Alumasc’s Registered Installer Primars Coatings of Middlesex. The system was insulated with a 90mm EPS and finished with Alumasc’s high performance silicone render.

See full project details here


The second successful project was Pine Street in Durham, where over 100 properties had their appearance and energy performance completely transformed by the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system.

Pine Street prior to refurb
Pine Street prior to refurb

Alumasc’s Registered Installer Westdale Services, installed the system at the scheme, with a 90mm grey EPS insulation and finished with a brick-effect render.

See full project details here

In addition to the recognition for its installations, Alumasc is proud to announce that Greg Curtis was also Highly Commended in the Outstanding Achievement Category for Training.

Picture 134With over 25 years’ industry experience, Greg has helped develop many careers in EWI installation. As a loyal member of the Alumasc on-site technical team, he always strives for the best possible install when coaching and training both approved and new installers.

Greg is an ambassador for quality workmanship and the high standards that INCA promotes to our industry.

For more information, visit INCA here.

London Strives for Zero Carbon Homes

Boxtree Lane in Harrow – newbuild using Swisslab EWI from Alumasc

Following the Government announcement to scrap its zero carbon homes policy last year, the Greater London Authority (GLA) is continuing to pursue a policy of zero carbon homes.

As outlined in the Housing Supplementary Planning Guide from 1 October 2016 the Mayor will apply a zero carbon standard to new residential developments in the capital. 

The Housing SPG defines ‘Zero carbon’ homes as homes forming part of major development applications where the residential element of the application achieves at least 35% below the national energy efficiency standard set in Part L of the 2013 building regulations; however, any remaining on-site emissions that exceed the zero carbon target will be offset through a cash-in-lieu contribution to the relevant borough.

Funds will be ring-fenced to secure the delivery of carbon dioxide savings elsewhere. 


boxtree1To summarise, the emission reduction targets the GLA will apply to applications, are as follows:

– Stage 1 schemes received by the Mayor up until 30 September 2016 – 35% below Part L 2013 for both residential and commercial development.

– Stage 1 schemes received by the Mayor on or after the 1st October 2016– Zero carbon (as defined in section 5.2 of the Housing SPG) for residential development and 35% below Part L 2013 for commercial development.

Download the Housing Supplementary Planning Guide Document here

For more information, visit the GLA Website

INCA Responds to ECO2 Consultation

INCA_thumbINCA has submitted a comprehensive response to the ECO2 consultation on behalf of the EWI industry.

The consultation was published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in June this year, with these main objectives;

– to provide interested parties with visibility of the DECC’s high level vision for supplier obligations to 2022

– to set out specific proposals for a first set of reforms, to be delivered from 2017

– to seek views on both the proposed changes for this first year transition and the high level design for the longer term (2018-22).

The response from INCA, calls on Government to double the target for SWI measures in the 2017 ECO transition period.

Analysis undertaken by AgilityEco on behalf of INCA shows that the cost estimates in the Government Impact Assessment are overstated by more than £200 million and that the ECO support required to deliver SWI is much lower than assumed.

The response also highlights that the low target is likely to be achieved even before the new scheme begins and the resulting hiatus could reduce industry capacity for future years.

INCA will continue to work with DBEIS to ensure that the target for SWI under ECO is based on accurate evidence and a strong focus is given to SWI in order to tackle fuel poverty.

You can view the consultation document here and see INCA’s response here.

Zero Carbon Homes Amendment Replaced

Screen Shot 2016-05-24 at 15.42.34The House of Lords have accepted the Government amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill which sets a duty on the Secretary of State to review minimum energy performance requirements. It replaces the Lords’ amendment to reintroduce the central, carbon compliance element of the Zero Carbon Homes standard.

The review is described as “a full and comprehensive review of energy standards based on cost effectiveness and the impact on housing supply”. A briefing prepared by the House of Commons Library on the Housing and Planning Bill has been published which includes information about carbon compliance.

On publication, the Government said the Bill would kick-start a “national crusade to get 1 million homes built by 2020” and transform “generation rent into generation buy.”

The supply-side measures in the Bill are primarily focused on speeding up the planning system with the aim of delivering more housing. There is also a clear focus on home ownership, with measures to facilitate the building of Starter Homes; self/custom build housing; and the extension of the Right to Buy to housing association tenants following a voluntary agreement with the National Housing Federation (NHF).

View the bill in full here, or click on the image

New External Wall Insulation Technical Guidance from INCA

INCA_logoThe 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.”

ECO Replacement

deccLast week the INCA Advocacy Committee met with DECC to discuss the design of the new energy supplier obligation announced at the end of last year.

ECO 2 will be extended from April 2017 and a cheaper scheme focused on fuel poverty will be launched in April 2018 for four years. A consultation on the extension to ECO 2 is expected this spring with a consultation on the new scheme to follow at the end of the year. INCA has already highlighted the need for both an SWI minimum and an uplift to target fuel poor households living in solid wall homes. INCA will continue to be actively engaged with ECO on behalf of the EWI industry and submit a comprehensive response to both consultations.

Spending Review is Missed Opportunity for Energy Efficiency says INCA

INCA_logoThe joint Spending Review and Autumn Statement lacked ambition in its support for energy efficiency for both the existing housing stock and new homes the Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) have stated.

The Chancellor announced that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will be replaced from April 2017 with a cheaper domestic energy efficiency supplier obligation which will run for five years and upgrade the energy efficiency of just 200,000 houses per year.

Any new scheme must be focused on those households in greatest need and there are more than seven million households in Britain living in draughty and expensive-to-heat solid wall properties, including almost half of the country’s fuel poor. In order to effectively tackle fuel poverty, the Government will need to go further than its commitment to help one million homes and make a meaningful start on addressing the solid wall housing stock. With the latest statistics from the ONS showing that there were almost 44,000 excess winter deaths in England and Wales last winter, the highest since 1999, the need for home insulation has never been more serious and the Government has missed a critical opportunity to prevent cold homes and unnecessary deaths.

Whilst INCA welcomes the announcement of around £7 billon of funding for new homes, the Government has scrapped plans to make all new UK homes carbon neutral from 2016 and there will be no incentive for these properties to be energy efficient. Irrespective of the lack of ambition from Government, as the leading trade association for external wall insulation (EWI), INCA remains committed to supporting its members to deliver both high-quality refurbishment projects that transform local communities and innovation and design in the new build sector.

INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry said:

“The evidence is clear that investing in energy efficiency measures such as EWI reduces carbon emissions and fuel poverty, creates growth in the UK economy and supports community regeneration and the new domestic energy efficiency scheme must deliver where it is needed most. EWI is an effective solution for all types of refurbishment and new build projects and INCA will continue to work with industry partners to promote the uptake of this innovative and vital energy efficiency technology.”

For further information, contact INCA on 0844 249 0040 or

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INCA Supports Call for Energy Efficiency to be an Infrastructure Priority

INCA_logoThe Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) has signed an industry-wide letter to Chancellor George Osborne and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd calling on Government to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority, as part of a campaign led by the Energy Bill Revolution.

The letter, which is supported by 50 leading business and energy organisations, highlights new research published today by Frontier Economics, which confirms that energy efficiency can be classed as infrastructure and delivers economic benefits comparable to HS2 Phase 1, Crossrail and new roads.

The research confirms that energy efficiency constitutes infrastructure as it frees up energy capacity for other uses and provides public services by reducing carbon emissions and improving health and wellbeing. It also reveals that a programme to make UK homes energy efficient would provide net economic benefits of £8.7 billion. The research builds on analysis from Cambridge Econometrics which shows that deploying infrastructure funds to support an energy efficiency programme could create up to 108,000 new jobs and boost Britain’s energy security.

With the Government poised to spend £100 billion on infrastructure during this Parliament, the letter makes a strong case for an energy efficiency programme to be included. If just £3 billion was allocated to such a programme, it could help to establish a world-leading energy efficiency programme that works to keep homes warm and bills down. It would also make a meaningful start on addressing the more than seven million households in Britain living in draughty and expensive-to-heat solid wall properties, including almost half of the country’s fuel poor, where solid wall insulation is the only solution.

INCA Chairman Pádraig Barry said:

“The Spending Review in November offers a real opportunity for a change of approach from Government and the evidence is clear that investing in energy efficiency offers significant benefits not only to individual households but to the wider economy. As the leading trade association for external wall insulation, INCA supports the call for energy efficiency to be classified as an infrastructure priority which would help to lift families out of fuel poverty and transform local communities.”

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EWI Industry Meets with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State & DECC

hays_1226562INCA attended an industry roundtable with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth last week to discuss a long-term sustainable energy efficiency framework.

INCA, along with NIA and SEA, raised concerns about the short-term hiatus facing the industry before the new framework is put in place, given the announcement on GDFPs and GDHIF and the fact that energy suppliers are expected to have delivered their ECO obligations by early 2016.

INCA has signed a joint letter to Lord Bourne following the meeting which sets out the industry’s concerns in more detail along with suggestions for the short term transition. DECC will continue to engage with the industry over the summer on the development of the long-term framework and further details are expected to be announced in the autumn.

Following the Ministerial meeting, INCA Advocacy Committee members met with Jon Booth, Director of Household Energy Efficiency at DECC, to discuss the implications of the recent announcements on the External Wall Insulation industry.

Jon confirmed that energy efficiency remained a priority for DECC and the long-term framework would be developed on the principles of stability, coherence and affordability for both the fuel poor and ‘able to pay’ market.

He recognised the case for External Wall Insulation and that the benefits should be taken into account as External Wall Insulation is not a ‘low cost measure’ but around half of those in fuel poverty live in solid wall properties. INCA will be following up with both the Minister and the team at DECC on behalf of the EWI industry over the summer.

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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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