INCA Case Study: Swansea Council Framework


Swansea Council Framework

​​Project Type: Refurbishment

Building Type: Low Rise, Residential

Architect: N/A

System Designer: Sika UK

Installer: City and County of Swansea

System & Finish: Sika Parextherm + Dry Dash, Brick Slips, Silicone Render, Scratch Render

U-value Achieved: 0.28 W/m²K

Swansea Council have thousands of properties within their existing housing stock, types vary from bungalows and houses to low rise flats.
The relationship between Sika and Swansea Council is unique in that, Swansea Council actively recruit, train and retain apprentices who carry out the installation of the Sika EWI system to Swansea’s housing stock. These apprentices undergo training with Sika and this includes EWI training prior to commencing any EWI work and also further training to ensure their skills remain fresh. This creates a good base of installers who are loyal to their employer and who are also very familiar with the Sika system. The EWI industry is well known to have an ever-diminishing pool of render and EWI installers. To be training their own skilled workforce, Swansea Council are ensuring that they will have a loyal pool of installers who are able to install their EWI system of choice (Sika, in this case), for many years to come.
In addition to this, Swansea Council go above and beyond the Building Regulations required thermal fabric upgraded u-value of 0.30W/m²K For a number of years now, Swansea Council have been working with Sika to improve upon the thermal performance of their existing housing stock – improving the dwellings significantly from an existing U value of 1.24W/m²K down to 0.28W/m²K (an improvement on the typical target of 0.30W/m²K).

In these days of soaring energy prices and the awful choice that some of our more vulnerable members of society have to decide – Do they heat their house tonight or, do they provide their family with an evening meal?
That is a heart-breaking decision and sadly, it is being made more and more often. Last year, in 2021 the average cost of household energy was £764 per year, and this included the October 2021 price cap increase. In October 2022, bills are expected to be around £2,800 per annum. This means that those who are already struggling are going to be entering fuel poverty. And those who are already in fuel poverty are going to be in an even more difficult position. The stance of Swansea and Sika together means that more jobs are available within the Swansea area, this means more households will have an income.

In addition to this, the Swansea Standard will see lower fuel bills for the thousands and thousands of Swansea residents who are housed within Swansea’s improved housing stock. Furthermore, this also means that the planetary cost is going to be lower. The carbon emissions from heating Swansea Council homes are going to be reduced, as they will require less energy to heat than homes which are insulated to achieve 0.30W/m²K

The unique relationship between Swansea Council and Sika is creating jobs, reducing emissions, reducing fuel poverty and creating more comfortable homes. That is pretty remarkable!

The unique relationship between Swansea Council and Sika is creating jobs, reducing emissions, reducing fuel poverty and creating more comfortable homes

Suzanne Blakley-Taylor


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