Architects plan and design buildings as well as co-ordinate construction works – therefore they are quite important in determining the make-up on new buildings as well as specifying how existing buildings are refurbished and decorated. With the growth of external wall insulation systems in the UK, the role of architects working with these systems is becoming ever more important. Here at EWI Pro Insulation Systems, we recognise the need to support the industry to help to familiarise themselves with the various systems the we offer – this is why we offer a number of resources to help with this process.
In the rest of the article we explain some of the ways we can help, and what makes us stand out from the rest!
EWI Pro Insulation Systems play an active part in the EWI design process
The EWI Pro Insulation Systems are fully BBA approved and tested. Therefore, we can offer a range of different finishes to meet the unique challenges of existing and new building types in the UK. First of all, we offer two types of insulating material – the EPS and the mineral wool. These insulating materials are standard and have been used extensively in mainland Europe for decades and now more recently in the UK, which relatively little issues. Although some systems can also specify the phenolic resin materials, we don’t actually like using it, which is why they are out of scope of the certifications.
In addition to the actual specification of the system’s, we can also help with common questions about the specific attributes of the products themselves. For example, how should the EPS be installed on the wall? When is it optimal to render the wall?
Although the installation process is relatively easy to understand if you follow the installation guide, there are some parts of the process that we like to highlight so that there are no surprises at the business end of the installation process.
We help technically monitor the external wall insulation installs
Right from the beginning of the project, we are very happy to assist with the technical monitoring process. We have a repository of monitoring forms that can be used to track the progress and quality of the project that is taking place. Therefore, regardless whether the project is 25m2 or 1,000m2, the principles of external wall insulation installation should be the same.
When we technically monitor the projects for our installer partners, we take a pragmatic approach – we want to do everything we can to make sure that you comply with the various NHBC and Building Control guidelines. As an architect, we appreciate this is simply the areas that you have to address and consider on a regular basis as part of your design and project configuration stage.
For example, on a retrofit project where the building being upgraded generally has poor insulation quality would need at least 90mm of EPS insulation or 110mm or mineral wool insulation to bring it up to current building regulation standards.
If the property has flues and gas runs, they will need to be either extended and signed-off properly by a Gas-Safe engineer. In addition, around the flues, you will need to take extra care to install fire retardant materials to comply with NHBC guidelines.
Finally, should you have any non-conformities on your project we will do our best to advice on remediation and ways to minimise the impact to your overall project.
Offer our list of carded and approved EWI installers
With our products, we ensure that we have them fitted by a network of approved and highly trained installers. Before the fitters attend the training, we ensure they are vetted so that they have a minimum level of competency on handling insulation and undertaking various plastering and rendering activities.
For example, when the installers attend the first training session, they will be carded to Level 1. When the installer carries out their first job, we will go out to their project and carry out all the necessary technical monitoring activities already specified. Only when we are satisfied with the quality and the overall finish of the project, would we then upgrade their records to show Level 2 or Level 3 competency.
Therefore, you can rest assured that you will be getting access to teams of installers that will do a good job on your project.
Specialist CPD or product familiarisation courses on offer for EWI installation
If you are an architect and would like more familiarisation on external wall insulation systems, then please get in touch. We have been offering specialist CPD product familiarisation courses or specific training sessions in architect offices over the last 2 years.
The training sessions can be completely customised to your requirements or we can suggest some of our standard approaches that we believe would give you the most value for these systems.
If you would like to get your hands dirty, we can even organise training on the tools, to give you a better understanding how the various products and systems behave on various scenarios. We find that sometimes this practical approach really helps out with the learning process.
EWI information packs and a more personalised service
As a first step, we recommend signing up for our FREE information pack – this explains about the different external wall insulation systems on offer.
By signing up to this form you will receive a pack of relevant information, including a sample that will make this presentable and tangible to your client. This pack has been specifically designed to answer typical questions that an architect would ask or consider.
Before your project kicks-off we can also help discuss various types of finishes that can be offered to your client. Typically, these finishes can include the following considerations:
- Type of render texture (grained or scratched surface)
- Coloured render -available in 100s of different colours
- Brick slips to match the existing brick look of the project pre-insulation.
If you need more personalised information, then feel free to give us a call or send us as email. One of our Office Managers will be more than happy to give you a call back and discuss your requirements.