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EWI Pro Renders on Render Carrier Boards

Render carrier boards approved for use with EWI Pro renders

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering 10 year warranties to our approved installer network on render-only projects installed onto one of our preferred render carrier boards. We have gone through an extensive period of testing different boards and finding the optimal solutions that will work with our fantastic range of thin-coat render systems.

What is involved in installing render on render carrier boards?

The solution is incredibly simple; the carrier board does not even require primer. It is simply a case of applying our premium adhesive (EWI-225 Premium Adhesive) to the carrier board to a depth of 6mm and then embedding our EWI-66640 fibreglass mesh. Once the basecoat layer has properly dried, it can then be primed with the relevant primer (depending on which render is used) and then the render topcoat is added.

You may also use the EWI-220 Basecoat as the undercoat layer, and this substrate definitely needs painting before the final top-coat is applied. As the EWI-225 Premium Adhesive is the white adhesive, it doesn’t require priming before the top-coat is applied, but you may wish to do it anyway.

We can offer the 10-year warranty on both our Silicone and Silicone Silicate render systems. The new render façade not only looks fantastic, but is also strong base for the system.

What are the EWI Pro approved render carrier boards?

We are delighted to announce we can offer our 10 year manufacturer backed warranty on the following render boards:

• Bluclad (Manufactured by Siniat Ltd)
• Renderflex (Manufactured by RCM Ltd)
• Rendaboard (Manufactured by Euroform, part of SIG)
• Econic (Manufactured by Duncryne Ltd)
• AquaPanel (Manufactured by Knauf)

Introducing our new Sales Director…

We are pleased to announce that Darren Snaith has joined the team at EWI Pro in the position of Sales Director. With over 20 years’ experience in the construction and housing sectors, Darren is a leading expert on the challenges of building renovation to meet legislative, funding and sustainability obligations, and compliance. 

Darren has worked in the refurbishment sector for the past 15 years, advising clients and their construction teams on ‘best practice’ and helping to deliver system solutions which cut energy usage, reduce fuel poverty and improve building aesthetics. During his time in the industry Darren has helped many small businesses enter the refurbishment market and he’s looking to carry this on at EWI Pro:

My primary aim is to increase our installer network by recruiting SMEs and getting them trained up to install our products and systems, these can be existing external wall installation companies or companies from compatible trades such as plasterers, renderers and general construction. We are happy to support and train these companies to install our systems and help them focus on delivering high quality installations for the home owner.

Darren is excited to join the team at EWI Pro and is looking forward to the new EWI Store in Chessington opening on May 11th:

The new facility is looking great and the speed with which the team got everything in place was truly astonishing. We have got everything in there and the new trade counter means you can call in and collect at your convenience. I’d like to offer an open invitation to any of our current and future customers to join us on the 11th for a look at the facilities and try our products. Come along and say hello!

EWI Pro: Regional Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year!

Yesterday, we attended the East Midlands Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards. It was a great evening, made even better by the fact we came home with an award!

We won ‘Regional Vulnerable Customer Support Campaigner of the Year’.

The Twycross Project

In a joint project with Hinkley and Bosworth Council, Kay-Metzeler and Ellipse Energy, we set out to install external wall insulation on five bungalows whose residents were classed as vulnerable. These properties were chosen because they were identified as serious fuel poverty risks. They were all off-gas properties with elderly tenants, located within a rural area of the borough.

Inefficient, uninsulated properties can be a big danger to elderly and at-risk residents such as these who cannot afford to adequately heat their homes. A well as the risk to health, it can be crushing to stay in a cold house day after day, especially if your movement is restricted.

We were happy to be able to help with this project by donating all the materials required. EWI Pro’s systems were used on all the houses, from the insulation boards to the final render.

By turning around the poor housing conditions we saw, we have guaranteed warmer homes, and happier and healthier residents!

External wall insulation

Thanks to a measure that these residents would not ordinarily be able to afford, they now have the warm homes they deserve. The houses now have better energy performance, and the householders will benefit from lower bills and increased thermal comfort.

It goes without saying that we are really proud of the work we did on this project, having improved the quality of life of several vulnerable people, but getting this recognition was an added bonus!

Are you a solid wall insulation installer?

Sign up with EWI Pro external wall insulation and attend one of our free training sessions. We will then be able to offer you fantastic trade discounts, as well as passing on free potential leads in your install area.

We work with The GreenAge, an energy saving portal providing advice to both households and businesses. Through this portal, 100s of leads are generated each day and as one of their official partners, we work with them to help fulfil these requests.

If you sign up as an installer with EWI Pro rather than with The GreenAge directly, you will get a discounted sign-up rate as well as access to our most competitive price list.

If you are interested in installing EWI Pro for your clients, then give us a call on 0800 1337072 and one of our friendly team will help you start the onboarding process.

Improve the thermal comfort of your home with EWI Pro

As we approach winter, the drop in temperature outside has a huge impact on our homes. For us to stay feeling cosy indoors, it becomes an (often expensive) struggle to heat our homes adequately. It can feel like as soon as we turn our heaters off, the house returns to an icebox. This is the problem with the UK’s inefficient housing stock.

What is thermal comfort?

Achieving thermal comfort is not as simple as just turning your radiators up. This is because it is not the same as temperature, although temperature helps thermal comfort. Thermal comfort is when you experience a sustained level of ambient temperature in your home. When your radiators are on high, it feels warm in the immediate area around them, but further away it is cold. Combined with this, without insulation your home loses heat through doors, windows, floors and walls. This means a lack of thermal comfort.

How can I improve thermal comfort?

This is where external wall insulation comes in – a system combining insulating material with a render topcoat means that up to 35% less heat disappears through walls. This saves you money on your energy bills, as you’re not wasting money through inefficient heating, and improves the thermal comfort of your home. EWI Pro offers a huge range of products all designed to improve the thermal comfort of your home. Our systems are customisable, allowing you to choose from a range of high-performing insulation materials, coupled with a huge variety of finishes. Both our expanded polystyrene and mineral wool boards  are brilliant insulators and we offer a wide variety of renders or even brick slips for a traditional look.

Thermal comfort is not the only advantage of external wall insulation though – it can also really improve the look of your home, especially if it has existing render which is in a bad condition. Our systems are weatherproof and protect external walls, prolonging the life of the building, and preventing penetrating damp. Perhaps best of all, no floor space is lost, unlike with other forms of insulation.

Get in touch with us today for a quote or to find a registered installer in your area!

 

Busting external wall insulation myths

We often hear claims about external wall insulation that are completely untrue so we thought we’d round them up to prove why we believe in it so strongly as an energy saving measure.

  1. External wall insulation stops buildings being able to breathe

It’s certainly true that houses need a good air flow to make sure that fresh air is supplied to residents and moisture and emissions can escape.

Our external wall insulation products don’t stop this circulation of air.

Obviously, you’ll still need to ensure adequate ventilation through opening windows and using fans when necessary in steamy rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens.

2. External wall insulation leads to mould

Kind of the opposite -Mould occurs from damp, often caused when warm, moist air in a room cools on walls and ceilings, causing condensation to form. EWI raises the surface temperature of walls, reducing the temperature difference between the inside and outside and meaning condensation is less likely to settle on walls.

Plus, as mentioned above, our renders are breathable and therefore discourage the buildup of damp. Also, our mechanical fixings are designed with plastic, to keep thermal bridging to a minimum.

So there’s no reason why external wall insulation would cause mould, as long as you take the normal precautions. As always, it’s important to ensure adequate ventilation through opening windows and using extractor fans in areas of the home where steam is present, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

3. It uses more energy to manufacture external wall insulation than the measure saves over its lifetime

This is categorically untrue. While there’s no denying the energy used in manufacturing chemical-bases insulation products such as XPS, the payback in terms of the energy you save through installing them makes it worthwhile in almost all cases. The manufacture of foam, glass, PU or XPS insulation is estimated at 1,3000kWh/m3. Based on these figures, the payback in terms of energy saved can be as little as 1-2 years.

For example, 90mm of EPS attached to a traditional 9-inch solid brick wall will reduce the U-value (which is a measure of how much energy is lost) from 2.2 down to just 0.3 per m2K, bringing it in line with a brand new wall built today. Even with the most expensive insulating materials installed at a high thickness, the energy amortisation period will generally be less than 5 years. 

4. External wall insulation is a fire hazard

All our insulation materials are fire retardant, especially Rockwool, which has unrivalled fire resistance.

5. External wall insulation can damage health

None of our insulation materials contain fibres hazardous to health as they come in solid blocks. They are also sealed with an impermeable coat of render.

6. External wall insulation encourages the growth of algae

While normally only a cosmetic problem, algae growing on walls can be an annoyance to the homeowner.

Our renders are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water and are resistant to the growth of vegetation. They’ll keep your home looking new – probably more so than standard brick.

7. A living roof will insulate just as well

Green roofs and walls, planted with grasses and flowers, have a minimal effect on heat transfer through solid surfaces. Although living roofs can help with air pollution in densely populated areas, the only way they affect temperature is that they can help keep walls cool in summer, because sunlight cannot shine directly on the facade.

Conversely, external wall insulation has an impact in both summer and winter – and a much bigger one at that. It can prevent up to 40% of heat lost from a property.

8. External wall insulation looks ugly

EWI can actually really smarten and brighten a property, as well as protecting brickwork underneath. Render, as the final stage of external wall insulation, can be chosen in a variety of colours and even covered in realistic brick slips if you would like to recreate period features.

We hope we’ve cleared a few things up about external wall insulation. If you think of any questions we haven’t answered, let us know!

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10 Reasons to use EWI Pro External Wall Insulation System

  • A BBA-approved solid wall insulation system

EWI Pro has gone through the most stringent testing to ensure all the products we supply to installers are fit for purpose. Our external wall insulation products will help householders and businesses benefit from energy savings for years to come, as well as dramatically improving the appearance of buildings.

  • A fantastic range of finishes to meet your clients’ needs

We appreciate that clients will have very specific needs – we have designed the EWI Pro external wall insulation systems with this in mind, ensuring there are thousands of different colour/finish combinations available. From simple renders to brick slips, EWI Pro External Wall Insulation System has you covered!

  • Different adhesives/insulation products to meet client specification

Involved in a project where an architect has specified a particular insulation material or adhesive? Have no fear! We offer breathable insulation products and also have adhesives that can adhere to even the most testing building substrates, ensuring our products remain in place for decades to come!

  • All products delivered directly to client site

We know how important it is to get products as and when they are needed onsite. Our logistics department works very hard to ensure the process is as simple as possible for you to get what you need!

Need a palette of coloured render on site tomorrow? No problem! Our team are there to make it happen with minimum fuss.

  • Unparalleled installer support (both pre, during and post-installation)

Looking to install solid wall insulation for the first time, or have a few questions during install? Our team is here to help! Our state-of-the-art training facilities are the perfect learning environment so you can be a confident and competent installer. But our support doesn’t stop there; we know from time to time installers need a helping hand. We have a team of surveyors travelling around the country visiting sites and we also look to embed one of our seasoned installers with new installer teams to ensure they can learn the ropes from the best!

  • A cost-effective solution

Great support and a wide range of products sometimes isn’t enough! We know that when you are costing a job, it is key to get quality products at a fair price. This is what we give you – if you have a new job to start, give us a call to see whether our EWI Pro External wall insulation systems could work for you!

  • Leads delivered to our installer network

Through our various websites we get approximately 10 solid wall leads per day from Ability to pay customers. These leads are all pre-qualified and fed through to our installer network.

  • All our EWI Pro systems are approved for use with local council schemes

All our EWI Pro external wall insulation systems can  be used within local council schemes. Already 1000m2 of system has been used as part of the Smart Homes scheme, the Action Surrey scheme, ECO and the Green Deal.

  • Winter systems/wet weather systems available so jobs can be carried out all year around

We know how important it is for system installers to have a constant flow of work to ensure all parties can make a living. We have winter systems to ensure even during the coolest winter months installs can still continue. Our mineral render systems and winter adhesives allow our solid wall insulation systems to be installed 365 days of the year!

  • 25 year + manufacturer warranty

Looking for peace of mind? All our EWI systems come with a 25 year manufacturer warranty provided the installer has attended our training courses.

How EWI Pro Insulation Systems can help Architects with External Wall Insulation

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. 7.jpg

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.

EWI Pro Insulation Systems at the Goniec Polish Festival 2016

Once a year, the leading Polish magazine in the UK, Goniec, organises a summer festival. This brings out the whole community to celebrate some of the cultural highlights brought to us from Poland and the Polish community. This year the setting was Ealing Broadway, West London, and despite the mixed weather, 1,000s of folks ventured out to sample the delights the festival had to offer.

EWI Pro Insulation Systems Sponsored Stand

The reason we decided to sponsor this event was basically to thank the Polish building and retrofit community. They have worked hard over the years to deliver 1000s of insulation projects in the area, using our products.

Out on display during the day were a number of our unique products, including BBA-approved plasters, renders, fibreglass and specialist tools. We want to be more than just an external wall insulation manufacturer, we would like to be the installer’s business partner: not only offering them a number of fantastic products, but also helping out with free training, technical monitoring and just some good old fashioned advice when called upon to help.

It is these values that we believe drove an unprecedented amount of interest at our stand at the Goniec Polish Festival. We spoke to 100s of installers and many more homeowners who would one day like to embark on external wall insulation projects on their own. We gave away a record number of leaflets, product brochures and fliers in multiple languages.

EWI Pro Insulation Systems and partners

A big thank you to EWI Store, Eco House BM and ETICS Render Remover for sponsoring the event and offering members of staff on a Sunday to help with the stand and speaking to the many visitors and families who came over to see us.

A special mention to all the sponsors below:

  • EWI Store is our product distributor in west London and Ipswich, and stocks pretty much our whole systems range – including renders, insulation, paints and accessories;
  • Eco House BM has been our partner for years and is uniquely placed in South-West London to provide our fantastic range of products. Coloured render and paint machine can mix 100s of different colours to meet everyone’s needs;
  • ETICS Gold render remover – a fantastic product which helps your site stay clean and stainless once the job has been completed. Ask our colleagues at EWI Store for more details;
  • TheGreenAge – the premier energy efficiency and renewable energy online portal for all your domestic and commercial energy saving advice.
  • Budowlancy Londyn – online lifestyle publication in London in the Polish language.

EWI Pro Insulation System current offers

All interested contractors that turned up yesterday, could benefit from our trade account membership. This membership guarantees at least 20% off orders as well as other fantastic offers and deals. With trade membership you will be the first to know when deals are on offer.

If you have not been to the event, do not despair as we can still help you sign up for trade membership and you too can benefit from our regular deals and fantastic prices. Simply visit out partner portal here and find out more.

Summer training

With the days stretching out into the evening hours and the weather being much more stable, our installers often want to squeeze in an extra hour of work to get ahead on their projects. With this in mind we are pleased to offer late evening and weekend training on our systems, with carding and full certification.

We offer something different and if you want to stand out to customers we can definitely help!

Through our various partners and accelerator offerings in our offices we can help you grow your insulation business by partnering with us.

Final word – a big thank you!

With the amount of interest we received yesterday, we would like to thank all the individuals that turned up to the event; all the fitters, families and colleagues that came to talk to us about our product range.

We would like to thank the organiser, Goniec, for putting together such an amazing event and helping connect so many people, not just in the Polish Community but the whole of West London. Also special thanks to Ealing Council and the Emergency Services for really looking after us. Hope to be back next year!

A win at the South East Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards!

This week we attended the South East Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards in Brighton. The awards were created to celebrate good service within the green energy sector. It recognises those who go the extra mile to – surveyors, installers and consultants.

Our very own Gary Spiers won Regional Energy Efficiency Champion of the Year for his years of service and dedication to the industry. He has a long track record of delivering energy efficiency projects and compliance to a number of renewable technologies, most importantly external wall insulation. There is very little Gary doesn’t know about the industry.

Jack Buczek, Purchasing Director of EWI Pro Insulation Systems, said: ‘We never had any doubts about Gary’s capabilities when he walked through the door and joined the EWI Pro Insulation System family. Gary is an extremely dedicated individual and an asset to our organisation, the industry and ultimately the customer.’

One of our customers said: ‘I was so pleased to have been recommended Gary for his knowledge on the fabrication of buildings. We had damp coming all over our walls due to badly installed cavity wall insulation. With Gary’s help we managed to secure some funding to help put this right and install EWI cladding. My house is not only free from damp and condensation but nice and fresh too.’

Cheers Gary!

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