Alumasc Dominate Manchester Skyline

 

8 outstanding high-rise refurbishment projects are now benefiting from EWI systems by Alumasc Facades. These innovative systems are helping to visually rejuvenate the area whilst providing improved thermal efficiency and comfort to hundreds of residents.

Magnolia Court, Sycamore Court & Mulberry Court

Mulberry Court

Alumasc refurbished 3 high-rise buildings with Salix Homes and Seddon Construction LTD: Magnolia Court, Sycamore Court and Mulberry Court – the latter winning an award for Regional Large-Scale Project of the Year at the Energy Efficiency Awards held in April. Credit for the award is shared between Seddon Construction LTD, Salix Homes and Alumasc Facades – and recognises the energy efficiency measures introduced by the Government following the Energy Act 2013. These measures help homeowners reduce their energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. These high-rise buildings were originally specified in White EPS but during the specification stage, Alumasc obtained a BBA Certificate for the more thermally efficient Grey EPS, so the more efficient insulation was utilised instead.

Delaney Heights & Adelphi Court

Working with The Guinness Partnership, another 2 blocks have been transformed and improved both thermally and aesthetically using Alumasc’s Swistherm Mineral Wool system. The £9 million project in Salford transformed a former student accommodation block into 119 affordable rent homes – including specially adapted apartments on the ground floor for those with disabilities.

Clifford Lamb Court

Clifford Lamb Court – Before and After

Northwards Housing Association called on Alumasc to work together to help tenants stay warm and save money on fuels bills at Clifford Lamb Court in Greater Manchester. External insulation and new windows were installed on the Blackley high-rise block so that tenants can make the most of a cutting-edge heat pump which gets heat from the earth’s core by pumping brine 150m into the ground before bringing it back up to use in the building through individual heat pumps in each property. It’s the first time that this kind of Heat Pump technology (using a shared ground array serving individual heat pumps) has ever been used in a multi-storey housing block. The energy produced by the pump alone has helped tenants to save on their heating bills, but by making these extra improvements, Clifford Lamb residents will be even better off as more heat will stay inside the building. In total, the improvements will save around 850 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Grosvenor House & Ryecroft House

Alumasc’s Swisslab system was chosen by Ashton Pioneer Homes and installed by The Casey Group Ltd to reinstate the existing EWI system that had exceeded its life span on Grosvenor House and Ryecroft House in Ashton-under-Lyne. Balcony cladding systems were secured to the majority of balconies, providing protection to the structure whilst improving the overall appearance of the block.

Energy Efficiency

EWI is a cost-effective and energy efficient solution for high-rise blocks allowing for an aesthetic transformation of the building and the surrounding area. Improved thermal performance results in less fuel consumption and therefore less CO2 emissions leading to a typical saving of around 30% on tenants’ heating bills.

View the gallery of Alumasc’s high-rise projects.

Download Alumasc’s full High-Rise Brochure.

For more information on External Wall Insulation click here or please call us on 03335 771 700.

Call area technical manager Andy Gait on 07876 773 064 for information on EWI in the Manchester/North West area or to book a CPD.

Introducing EWI Gutter from Alumasc Facades – Giving refurbishments the new build look

EWI-Gutter-MainAlumasc Facades have been a trusted manufacturer of External Wall Insulation systems for over 60 years and have now applied their knowledge of the building envelope to a brand new EWI Gutter Range.

EWI Gutter from Alumasc Facades, has been designed specifically to address the problem of cold bridging at eaves level whilst creating an aesthetically pleasing and cost effective alternative to standard verge trims on refurbishment projects.

As refurbishment of existing properties continues to trend, the new EWI Gutter system offers architects and home-owners a retrofit solution with a new build look. Gone are the days of rotting timber and brittle, sun-damaged PVC, Alumasc’s EWI Gutter presents a long-lasting, low maintenance alternative, manufactured in Aluminium to provide a clean, contemporary finish.

Box and Ogee are available as standard profiles, and with manufacturing taking place at Alumasc’s plant in the UK, bespoke profiles can easily be provided.

Bringing the benefits of Alumasc’s on-site technical knowledge and support, together with a network of Registered Installers, EWI Gutter is lightweight, quick and easy to install, with lifetime maintenance costs being far lower than those presented by high-maintenance alternatives. The product is supplied painted, in black, white or grey as standard, with additional colour matches available on request.

Technical Director for Alumasc Facades, Mark Gibbs, comments:

“As a trusted supplier of External Wall Insulation systems, we work on hundreds of projects that are subject to design restrictions inflicted by retrofit rainwater systems. Having developed our own system, to perfectly complement the quality finish of our facades, we have opened up a range of new options to architects and designers, which allow for a far more contemporary ‘newly built’ look.

“We are also aware that our colleagues see advantages in a one-source product offer. They already know Alumasc offer unrivalled products and technical support, so the addition of the EWI Gutter system further supports the whole process whilst also addressing ever-important budget considerations. It is widely acknowledged that Aluminium presents greater value for money over the lifetime of the product. When installed to Alumasc recommendations, the result is a long-lasting solution that can withstand the rigours of the British weather for just as long as the EWI .”

For more information, please call Alumasc Facades on (0) 3335 771 700.

http://www.alumascfacades.co.uk/products/external-wall-insulation/ewi-gutter-system/

Swisslab revitalises Glasgow building

As part of the regeneration of Glasgow’s Shawlands area, Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) recently embarked upon the recent refurbishment of 1265 Pollokshaws Road, a block of maisonette homes located above a mixture of shops and a car park.

PollokshawsRoad3The four-storey building, constructed of “bison” precast concrete panelling in the 1960s, comprises a 50/50 split between GHA and private ownership. The project received ECO funding and the private homeowners also received grant-aid funding from the city council due to the non-standard construction of the building.

To address both thermal performance, and aesthetic appearance, main contractor, City Building Glasgow, engaged the services of expert EWI installer, AC Whyte.

Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system was specified for the project because it is perfectly suited to overcladding existing properties. AC Whyte installed the system with a 60mm phenolic insulation and finished it with Silkolitt silicone render in 3 subtle pastel shades.

The challenging installation could only be overcome with a large degree of technical expertise from both Alumasc and AC Whyte who worked closely together to ensure a successful solution.

PollokshawsRoad_BEFOREFirstly, the precast concrete panel exterior and its various substrates meant that AC Whyte and the Alumasc technical team had to carefully consider the fixing type to ensure a robust fix. Secondly, the existing façade featured a series of timber frame panels under the windows. Drawing upon Swisslab’s versatility, AC Whyte and Alumasc were able to employ careful detailing methods and the use of expansion joints. This led to these panels being “designed out” resulting in a simpler monolithic appearance which is much fresher and modern.

Finally, the car parking area below the flats, was also one of the main causes of poor thermal performance, and this was also given the Swisslab treatment with its soffits treated to insulate the exposed floors of the first floor flats above.

Giving his seal of approval to the scheme, Eric Conquer, Asset Planning Manager at GHA, said:

“The refurbishment work completed by Alumasc and AC Whyte at Pollokshaws Road has made an enormous difference. Our customers are really happy with the way the building looks, and their homes are now much warmer.”

For more details call Barrie Robertson on 07720 883 693.

For information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here.

Best Practice in the Thermal Upgrade of High Rise Buildings

Alumasc’s Technical Director Mark Gibbs explains what specifiers should be looking for in their chosen EWI system for high-rise and why safe installation is paramount.

blackfriars_main Why EWI?

Specification for the multi-storey application of External Wall Insulation is very different to that of low-rise projects, with health and safety procedures being a key consideration in the thermal upgrade of high-rise buildings.

EWI is a cost effective method of achieving the thermal and aesthetic upgrade of buildings. EWI has been used in the UK for the refurbishment of high rise projects for over 25 years. The solution is particularly effective for, although not limited to, high-rise social housing schemes of non-traditional or traditional type construction. Condensation, water ingress and the poor thermal performance of many of these blocks has been addressed by specifying EWI, providing a U-Value to comply with current Building Regulations.

EWI System Build-up for High-Rise 

To achieve the thermal requirements of the project, the appropriate type of EWI insulation board is mechanically and adhesively fixed to the substrate. A polymer modified reinforcing base coat, incorporating a fibreglass reinforcement mesh, is then applied. Once this has fully cured, there is a choice of finishes ranging from traditional dash or painted renders, to more modern through-coloured silicone renders.

riverbank1High-Rise, not High Risk

High-rise EWI specification is different to that of low rise because the insulation boards must be adhesively and mechanically fixed. Wind load calculations are essential and the edge zones, external corners and openings require increased mechanical fixings to accommodate higher wind loads. The calculations must always be conducted by Structural Engineering Consultants to ensure structural stability, required performance and system longevity.

Specified EWI systems must be officially accredited and approved for use in high-rise application. A large scale fire test or reaction to fire test is required for the system when used above 18m in height.

Installation Considerations

As well as through-the-wall square metre rates, there are additional detailing considerations compared to low-rise. These include parapet, lightening conductor, CCTV, external lights, robust window cill details, ground floor entrance areas etc.

It is critical that all the detailing is robust and installed as per specification. Once the wall access is removed any repairs are more difficult and costly to address than for low-rise projects.

Scaffold ties should be fixed in the most practical locations and protected scaffolding is recommended. Alternatively, mast climbers are an economical and faster track option for EWI install but offer less protection to newly installed work. Programming considerations should always allow for weather conditions.

Energy Efficiency

EWI is a cost-effective and energy efficient solution for high-rise blocks allowing for an aesthetic transformation of the building and the surrounding area. Improved thermal performance results in less fuel consumption and therefore less CO2 emissions leading to a typical saving of around 30% on tenants’ heating bills.

View the gallery of Alumasc’s high-rise projects.

Download Alumasc’s full High-Rise Brochure.

For more information on External Wall Insulation click here or please call us on 03335 771 700.

Award Winning Home calls on Alumasc Render Systems

bankhall_pr2An award winning Cheshire property has been refurbished using Render Systems from Alumasc. Owned by David and Margie Edwards, the magnificent Bankhall House was originally completed in 2008, to a traditional Georgian/Queen Ann architectural design, earning them the prestigious title of Daily Telegraph Best Traditional House in the UK for 2010.

Following some initial problems with the original render system, David Edwards embarked on a 4-month study of the render market, in search of a system that would complement and protect his beloved Bankhall.

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Following rigorous research into suitable products and approved contractors, David, brought in Alumasc Registered Installer Bruce Day of Cheshire Facades, who, according to David, “worked alongside Alumasc’s technical team to show passion above and beyond that of their competitors”.

bankhall_prpicDavid, Bruce, and the installation team, worked closely together in the investigation and resolution of the initial render problems, and specified Alumasc’s MR Polymer Render System with a decorative Silicone Render finish, as the solution.

Bruce Day has a well-established relationship with Alumasc and was confident that their products presented the right solution for Bankhall House. He comments:

“The traditional architecture at Bankhall presented a number of challenges with regard to application of the chosen render system. Intricacies in the stonework of the main house and also balustrades and plinths in the garden, demanded a robust system that could be easily applied. I have always found Alumasc systems easy to work with and in this case they also provided a perfect ‘cream’ colour match to the existing finish.”

David and Margie are thrillebankhall_pr3d with both the installation process and the result. David comments:

“Activity on site was reviewed daily by Cheshire Facades, and snagging was an integral part of my relationship with Bruce and his installers. Bruce insisted, “Our work must satisfy the customer – always”. I was also aware that render products have developed technically since the original installation, and Alumasc were able to offer all of the “cutting edge technology” required to give us the result we wanted. We feel like we’ve been given a new house.”

Alumasc Polymer and Silicone Render Systems are BBA Approved and fully warrantied. They are less susceptible to cracking and crazing than traditional plain render and are fully weather resistant whilst remaining vapour permeable.

For more information, click here or call Andy Gait on 07876 773064.

Stanton residents living in comfort thanks to Swistherm

Swistherm from Alumasc, has been installed on 25 park homes in Suffolk, in a bid to help tackle fuel poverty amongst the elderly residents.

parkhome1West Suffolk Council partnered with Alumasc’s Registered Installer Cornerstone Limited, to carry out the installation and improve the thermal efficiency of the homes at Shepherd’s Grove Park in Stanton, which were suffering from poorly insulated walls.

Cornerstone carried out all necessary adaptions and remedial works to prepare the properties for the insulation, given that these comprised a number of different park homes styles in various states of repair.

parkhome2Before the works began, initial pull-out tests were completed to determine the mechanical fixings and fixing patterns required. Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system was then installed with premium grade EPS insulation and finished in Alumasc’s 1.5mm decorative silicone render, with the homeowners being given a choice of colours.

The new system has significantly improved the previously poorly insulated walls,  achieving a U-Value of 0.29 W/2mk, with the insulation also securing a 25 year insurance backed warranty. In addition, the decorative render coat has rejuvenated the properties, improving the overall aesthetics of the scheme.

parkhome3Cornerstone reports that homeowners are now benefitting from warmer and more thermally efficient properties, which has in turn significantly reduced their energy bills. The feedback from homeowners has been wholly positive, with numerous reports of greatly improved warmth and comfort.

For more information on Alumasc’s Swistherm system, click here

For more information on Alumasc’s silicone render, click here

Images and technical information courtesy of Cornerstone Limited

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

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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.

Alumasc revives Brandon House

A Bristol social housing scheme is benefitting from an extensive £5million refurbishment, which saw Swisslab and Swistherm from Alumasc as the chosen EWI systems.

brandon_completed 2Built in the 1960’s of concrete panel construction, Brandon House was experiencing problems with structural movement which had caused a catalogue of building defects. In addition, the scheme also suffered from poor insulation leading to condensation, mould and water ingress.

Bristol Council commissioned a programme of works, which included the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab and Swistherm External Wall Insulation to around 90 flats within the block.

brandon_completedAlumasc’s Registered Installer Rateavon, installed the systems with 60mm phenolic and 110mm EPS insulation, to address the previous issues, improving thermal efficiency, reducing heating bills and extending the life of the building. The systems were specified partly due to the fact that the 60mm phenolic insulation would not encroach on the limited space down a number of narrow walkways – and in addition Rateavon have a long track record of working with Alumasc products, and their installation skill was required around a number of intricate concrete columns.

Brandon House prior to refurb
Brandon House prior to refurb

Swisslab is Alumasc’s market leading EWI system used for overcladding exisiting properties, whilst Swistherm eradicates cold bridging, condensation and mould growth. Both systems are BBA Approved, offering an effective life of over 30 years.

The systems were finished using Alumasc’s silicone render with matching clay and acrylic brick slips, in order to comply with planning requirements.

For more information on High Rise EWI, contact Lee Carter on 07801 253 798

 

 

Alumasc projects succeed at Regional Energy Awards

2 outstanding projects, made thermally efficient using EWI Systems from Alumasc, have been acknowledged at this year’s Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards in Yorkshire and London.

Rykneld1The recent installation of Alumasc EWI systems for Rykneld Homes in Derbyshire has resulted in massive improvements in the energy efficiency of 328 homes and has led to Alumasc and their Registered Installer Westdale Services Ltd, being chosen for phase 2 of the project in Renishaw.

Using ECO funding, the £2.3m project used Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI, which is perfect for overcladding existing properties. Westdale Services, installed the system with grey 80mm EPS insulation and finished it with a “Snowdrop” coloured dash effect on a grey render basecoat. To add aesthetic interest to the properties, brick-effect render detailing was added around the windows and door frames, tinted and shaded to remain in keeping with surrounding traditional brick houses.

Westdale Services, EDF Energy and Rykneld Homes proudly picked up the Award for ‘Large Scale Project of the Year’ at the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Awards.

For more details on the Rykneld Homes project, click here or call Alumasc Area Sales Manager, Nigel Walters on 07720 883 694. For more information on Swisslab EWI, click here.

Meanwhile, at the Ceremony for the Greater London region, a private residence in Kingston, using Alumasc’s Swistherm EWI system with Grey EPS insulation, was Highly Commended.

Architect David Howel-Evans explains:

Hi Res Pic“The new house in Kingston stands on the site of a former bungalow that was demolished as the first step of the construction phase. The Architects were given the opportunity to design the building from scratch and to resolve some of the environmental issues which were presented by the site.

“The EPC for the house makes it A rated, achieving Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. To do this a key component was the external envelope – its walls, windows and roofs are very highly insulated. The walls utilise Alumasc’s Swistherm External Wall Insulation which the Architects selected for its very high insulation levels, but also as it offers a good deal of flexibility in the design and modelling of the deep openings found in the design. The robustness of the Swistherm system was also a key point in its favour over the many thin coat external render systems on the market. The result, as can be seen from the photograph is extremely successful, a compliment to all those involved in its realisation.”

For more information on Alumasc’s Swistherm system, click here or call Area Sales Manager Joe Dawson on 07720 883 677.

Swisslab to the rescue in County Durham

Over 100 properties in Stanley, County Durham have had their appearance and energy performance completely transformed by the installation of Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation system.

PineSt_BeforeAlumasc’s Registered Installer Westdale Services, installed the system at the scheme which comprises a mix of social housing and privately-owned homes, mostly terraced. Swisslab was installed with a 90mm grey EPS insulation and finished with a brick-effect render. The project was financially supported by both Durham County Council and the ECO scheme, with private homeowners contributing a small percentage of the cost.

The properties were constructed around 1900, and  so the toughest challenge preseted by the project was to preserve the detailing and heritage of the homes – this was paramount to its success in terms of both community and resident satisfaction.

This challenge was met by the use of Alumasc’s Rendabrick, with the colour and detailing matched perfectly to the original construction.  The versatility of this product allowed period features, such as stone sills, to be replicated, whilst ensuring the replica brickwork was “true” in terms of colour and style.

Furthermore, the Victorian constructions had been the subject of various additions and extensions over the years.  This meant that although the main construction was solid brick, some of these extensions had cavity walls.  Both Alumasc’s and Westdale’s technical expertise was invaluable when it came to dealing with different insulation requirements that this presented.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlumasc and Westdale worked closely together to identify a suitable cavity fill insulation which could be used on these areas prior to the brick render installation, thus ensuring continuity of thermal performance and appearance.

A further challenge was presented by the weather which saw the installers often working in
cold, wet and windy conditions due to the area’s exposure to the elements. The combination of Swisslab’s ease of installation, and Westdale’s extensive EWI experience meant the impact of these weather conditions was minimal.

Speaking about the project, Alumasc Facades Area Manager, Tyrone Lawton, comments:

“The transformation of these homes is very impressive – not only do they look fantastic – blending entirely into the surrounding area – but residents are reaping the rewards in terms of energy cost savings and better thermal efficiency.

“It’s worth highlighting that every single private homeowner opted to take part in this project which is in itself very impressive – a 100 per cent take up is rare, especially when financial contributions are involved.”

For more information on Swisslab External Wall Insulation, click here