Statement by Alumasc Facades – 19th June 2017

We are aware of an article in the Scottish newspaper “The Sunday Mail” dated 18th June which refers to a number of projects at West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Alumasc is cited in this article as the supplier of the Alumasc Swisslab Grey EPS system on high-rise buildings. However, there are a number of inaccurate statements in the article with regard to Alumasc and we would therefore comment as follows:

The Alumasc Swisslab Grey EPS system was approved for use on buildings and compliant with Building (Scotland) Regulations both before and after the changes made to those Regulations in 2013.

The statements in the article that the panels were “sub-standard”, “had been deemed a potential fire hazard”, were “suddenly changed to ‘low risk'” and required an “exemption to building standards” are therefore wholly inaccurate.

The article claims that “the cladding used across the council area is called (Alumasc) Swisslab Grey EPS.” However, there are references to and photographs of high rise buildings that had systems that were supplied by others and not by Alumasc.

Indeed, the Alumasc external wall insulation (EWI) system supplied on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council under this scheme was for low-rise properties only and no high-rise buildings were supplied by Alumasc.

The article also refers to the “Grenfell-style cladding” and implies misleadingly that the Alumasc EWI system used on the West Dunbartonshire scheme was similar to the rainscreen cladding system that was reportedly used at Grenfell Tower.

There were a number of significant differences between the two systems which the article does not comment on. The key differences include:

1. The Alumasc EWI system has been extensively tested and includes a non-combustible mineral render that encapsulates the EPS insulation. The Alumasc EWI system was not finished with the polyethylene cored aluminium composite material (ACM) panel that is widely reported to have clad the Grenfell Tower; and

2. The Alumasc EWI system was directly fixed to an existing masonry substrate. The article references that voids can “act as a chimney for flames”. However, there is no such void between the insulation and outer skin of the EWI system supplied by Alumasc to this scheme.

Finally, we would like to reassure our customers that the EWI system that we supplied to Turner Facilities Management was at all times safe and remains so.

We have specialised in the design and manufacture of EWI systems for over 25 years and safety issues have, and continue to be, a key consideration for us on all our projects across the UK. Our systems have been approved by the British Board of Agrément, including an attestation that Alumasc’s systems can meet the requirements of the building regulations pertaining to the spread of fire.

If any of our customers have any concerns or questions, please refer to our website (www.alumascfacades.com) or contact us on 01744 648435.”

INCA Awards Shortlist Success for Alumasc

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Alumasc are delighted to announce that 5 of their projects have been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Insulated Render & Cladding Association (INCA) Awards 2013 which recognise innovation and excellence in External Wall Insulation (EWI).INCAAwardFinalist-Main

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, and the INCA 2013 Awards are a great platform to promote

the benefits of EWI following the launch of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) earlier this year.

John Carter, Managing Director for Alumasc Facades, comments, “Alumasc has been a UK manufacturer of Insulated Render systems for over 25 years and the fact that we have secured 5 shortlisted entries in the 2013 INCA awards is testament to our commitment to provide energy efficient insulation solutions and our continued investment in research and development.  We are now looking forward to the Awards Ceremony and await the final results with much anticipation.”

Alumasc’s shortlisted projects were:

– Boxtree Lane, Harrow

– Carron Crescent, Glasgow

– Norwegian Timber Houses, Fenham

– Liscard House, Birkenhead

– Keir Hardie Health Park, Merthyr Tydfil

For further information on Alumasc’s EWI systems click here

Alumasc transforms a Private House into an ‘Eco-Home’

Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) system played a key part in the transformation of a private residence into a retrofit ‘Eco-Home’ and helping to achieve a virtual carbon neutral status.

gartreeThe property in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire was in need of complete refurbishment.  In addition to external wall insulation, the owners took the opportunity to install heat recovery, a biomass boiler and photovoltaic panels to make the house as energy efficient and eco-friendly as possible.

Project architects, YMD Boon, had not used EWI on a private residential refurbishment before and following detailed research into a number of options, they specified Swisslab due to its levels of energy efficiency and the quality of finish offered.

Alumasc’s approved applicator BLD Construction Ltd installed Swisslab with 160mm phenolic insulation over the solid brickwork walls, completing the system with and attractive, cream silicone decorative finish.  Following refurbishment, the property’s U values have improved from 0.47 to 0.12w/m2k.

David Henderson of YMD Boon commented: “The Swisslab system offered a thermal capacity that exceeded traditional build standards without compromising the internal layout of the existing building.

“We have been involved in new build Eco-Homes in the past; including Leicester’s original ‘Eco-House’, but a retrofit Eco-Home was a new concept for us. In practice, the external wall insulation has given the existing external walls a thermal performance in excess of the current Building Regulations requirements with the property’s overall performance heading towards carbon neutral.”

The home owners have commented that they are very pleased with the very attractive finish and thermal performance created by the system.

Swisslab is an insulated render system that provides outstanding energy efficiency. Insulation materials are mechanically fixed direct to a continuous substrate and faced with a choice of traditional and lightweight renders.  Brick-effect finishes are also available.

For further details on Alumasc’s Swisslab EWI system, click here.