Smarter EWI specification

// the building envelope

It’s estimated that there are around 7.8 million solid walled homes in the UK. With energy efficiency and the associated cost savings becoming more of a priority for government, local authorities, housing associations and the general public, there’s a clear and pressing demand to upgrade the thermal performance of these properties.

Refurbishment funding schemes, such as ECO, make external wall insulation (EWI) - which prevents energy loss in homes without cavity walls - an attractive choice for housing associations and contractors alike. In most cases contractors are buying complete, prescribed EWI systems direct from manufacturers. This is great for the manufacturer; they cut out the middle man, usually a merchant or insulation distributor, and have controlled distribution over their product.  However, this offers little choice and even less flexibility for the aforementioned contractors and specifiers.

Supplying through partnerships with distributors is the first step towards driving choice, value and more importantly quality in this industry. Currently the choice is very limited at the sales desk, with Climatherm from Bostik being one of the few systems distributed in this way. This makes the product much more accessible to certified contractors and removes one of the purported barriers of entry into this market for tradesmen. Bostik continues to add more distribution partners and works with them to expand the specification of Climatherm while maintaining Board of Agrément (BBA) approval at every stage.

By working closely with a growing list of approved EWI system component providers, Bostik and its distribution partners ensure BBA Certification is maintained and controlled throughout the supply chain. This unique supply chain route offers efficiency in every sense; efficient supply through reduced lead times, local stocking and local installation, as well as efficient energy use via improved insulation and reduced heat loss in existing housing stock.

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