Alumasc’s Swisslab External Wall Insulation (EWI) System has been used for the refurbishment of blocks 9, 19 & 29 Carron Crescent in Springburn, Glasgow – a project funded by British Gas/Scottish Gas under the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).
Alumasc’s approved installer A.C. Whyte was employed for the installation to the 9-storey Bison type properties which comprise a mixture of North Glasgow Housing Association (NGHA) tenants and private owners – all of whom received EWI for free.
3600m2 of Swisslab was installed with a combination of mineral wool and phenolic insulation and a Silkolitt silicone render and dry dash finish on properties ranging from 2 to 15 storeys.
The project presented a number of challenges including a strict contract period requiring completion of works within 24 weeks. Furthermore, the intricate design involving three colour changes from top to bottom, required the installation of multi-coloured render panels to create an optical illusion or 3D effect.
AC Whyte had used Swisslab extensively in the past and were confident that it would provide the best solution for the scheme. 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. The use of the system at Carron Crescent has resulted in a U value of 0.24W/m2K.
Keeping tenants informed was vital to the smooth running of the project and successful outcome. An open day was held for tenants and owners where they were given the opportunity to see samples of the proposed EWI system and computer generated images of how properties would appear when complete.
North Glasgow Housing Association (NGHA) has received great feedback from tenants and owners regarding the revitalised appearance and improved warmth of their homes and the dramatic improvement in their overall living environment.British Gas/Scottish Gas has used the project as a ‘flagship’ scheme and as an example of best practice. The site has received visits from a number of senior management at British Gas New Energy and the Scottish Government.