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In recent years we have come to realise the consequences of poor insulation in older housing stock. An increase in condensation and dampness coupled with excessive heat loss especially through external walls, all leading to higher fuel bills.
One method for alleviating this is the application of external wall insulation and many local authorities and housing associations are now adopting this in a bid to improve the thermal performance to a standard required by current building regulations.
This allows for high levels of energy efficiency being achieved over other forms of insulation resulting in lower fuel bills – on average a saving of around £260 per year (Source: Energy Savings Trust)
One such regeneration project undertaken by one of our partners, PermaRock Products Ltd, involved applying external wall insulation and rendering to over 70 Council houses in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
However, one of the key criteria laid down by Bedfordshire County Council was to ensure that the two types of existing string and dentil course were reproduced as part of the upgrade.
To achieve this, PermaRock turned to us to manufacture a product that not only matched the existing detail but could be cost effectively fixed to the existing façade.
Our Stone-Coat lightweight effect moulding, manufactured off site in our purpose designed factory in South Yorkshire, fitted the bill perfectly. We were able to re-create the unique profiles to suit the different dimensions required and supply them to site on a ‘just in time’ basis.
Stone-Coat is the perfect solution for such regeneration projects. The mouldings can be produced to any shape or profile and fully comply with the requirements of the H & S Executive. Also, their lightweight nature eliminates the need for heavy lifting gear – a major saving in both time and money.