Specialists in Structural External Wall Insulation (SEWI) Structherm have had two of their residential refurbishment projects shortlisted at the National Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards.
The company has recently provided external refurbishments at Littleholm in Glasgow and Aberdare in Rhondda Cynon Taff, both of which have been shortlisted in the National Large Scale Project of the Year category at the Awards.
The winners of 20 different categories will be announced at a Gala Awards Dinner on Friday, 16th September 2016 at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, which will be presented by Joanna Lumley and Dara O'Briain.
The Littleholm project provided structural insulated overcladding to a trio of 16 storey high rise buildings in Dalmuir, Clydebank, all of which were found to be in need of significant improvement following a survey ordered by West Dunbartonshire Council.
The council hired contractors Lovell to install Structherm’s SEWI system to the buildings’ upper walls and insulated brick slip and render cladding to the ground-floor walls, as part of a £4.8m program of work which has improved robustness against concrete decay, energy efficiency, and the overall external appearance of the buildings.
The project in Aberdare involved more than 70 ‘Woolaway’ non-traditional concrete homes, a house type which in the 1980s was designated by the Building Research Establishment as inherently defective due to numerous structural defects.
Wales’ largest social housing provider Rhondda Cynon Taff Homes specified Structherm’s SEWI system to provide a structural solution to the buildings’ defects, which a standard external wall insulation system could not, and hired Thomas CMS (Holdings) Ltd to install it.
As an added benefit, the SEWI system also improved the thermal performance of the properties, which were built in the 1940s and were losing heat due to their lack of insulation, bringing them up to modern standards, and improved their outward appearance.
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