Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety

This week, Dame Judith Hackitt published her interim report of the Independent Review which suggests a major overhaul of the Building Regulations systems, especially for tall buildings, to create a risk based approach underpinned by cultural change in the industry.

Any changes will have a significant impact on the external wall insulation sector, and INCA is committed to understanding what this means and sharing information with members. Through the Industry Response Group, INCA will continue to engage with the Independent Review as Dame Judith looks to publish her final report in the spring. It is clear that the industry will need to play a significant role in developing the framework for future Building Regulations and adopt the cultural changes necessary to deliver quality outcomes for construction clients.

INCA Awards 2017 Winners Revealed!

INCA Awards 2017

Winners of the INCA Awards 2017

The Insulated Render and Cladding Association (INCA) Awards celebrated the successes of exceptional innovation and design in External Wall Insulation (EWI). Project of the Year was awarded to SPSenvirowall and Build-Therm for their great work on Langley Academy Primary School. The project overcame the challenge of causing minimum disruption to pupils, while delivering great thermal performance and design.

The INCA Awards 2017 were presented by former Leicester Tiger, England, and British & Irish Lion captain, Martin Corry. This prestigious black-tie, gala dinner event celebrated its fifth year at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool on the 5 October in front of approximately 150 industry guests.

Winner of the first ever Installer of the Year Award went to A.C. Whyte & Co for their focus on promoting skills within the industry and dedication to their clients. Wemico won the Innovation Award for their EWI Thermo-Pro & Trim Solutions product, designed to help protect EWI Systems and reduce cold bridging. INCA member award winners also include: Aliva UK, Build-Therm, Rateavon, Saint-Gobain Weber, SPSenvirowall, Sto, Structherm and Volkerlaser. Sto Technical Director, Gary Bundy, won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his technical advice to major industry bodies and his development of new standards, including the INCA Technical Committee. Richard Hunter was also announced as the recipient of the Individual Training Achievement for his commitment to upskilling the industry.

INCA Executive Chairman Mitch Gee said:
“We must not lose sight of the energy inefficiencies in our housing stock and continue to strive to work towards warmer, more efficient homes. However we are not a one trick pony. We do not just provide insulation, we are not just about saving carbon. We are able to transform a home, a community, a life. We provide products that are not only beneficial for society, but are also aspirational for the individual home owner. This has been clearly demonstrated through this years’ brilliant INCA Award winners.”

Complying with PAS 2030:2017

PAS 2030:2017 has now been published with the expectation that installers claiming compliance, including for sub-contracted work, will implement it from 1 April 2017 and meet it by 31 May 2017.

  • A complete pre-design Building Survey must have been undertaken by a competent person prior to the design being undertaken
  • A Pre-Installation Building Inspection should be undertaken in accordance with a standard insulation sector check list
  • Reference should be made to best practice in relation to cold-bridging 
  • Reference should also be made to guidance on installing EWI in relation to fuel burning appliances
  • Competency ratios specify that there should not be less than one carded operative per team of 4 at the specified installation location at any time per site.

PAS 2030 has also been published which includes inspection rates for EWI of 7%, reducing to 4% after two years of no issues.