WPS specialises in all aspects of maintenance and refurbishment for the social housing sector. In 2012 we became Approved Applicators of JUB External Wall Insulation and Render Systems, enabling us to thermally upgrade housing stock to current regulations.
Works have ranged from minor jobbing repairs to full Measured Term Contracts for kitchen and bathroom modernisation, and a partnering arrangements for complete external cyclical maintenance that consists of replacement windows, doors, fascias, rain water goods, rendering, ground works, fencing, redecoration and renewal/repair of roof coverings (Including DDA and Voids Works).
Croft Structural Engineers – Providing Structural Surveys For BISF Homes In London.
As a design led practice, Croft Structural Engineers Ltd, works to improve the ‘built’ environment. Their vast experience and passion for combining quality of structure with visual perfection, enables them to deliver sensitive conversions of period & modern buildings.
Croft understand that your property is your biggest lifetime investment, which is why they work hard to providing a personal approach on all projects. With Croft you can be rest assured that you will be personally led through your survey/construction process every step of the way. They have the resources to deliver the work that you need within a framework that suits you – so you don’t need to worry about becoming lost within a big firm structure, or being held back by a lack of resources within a small practice.
Croft happily take on small domestic projects including those to BISF houses in our London area.
The BISF homes were constructed of walls made of steel frames with an external cladding. A common problem in these homes was the lack of corrosion protection. The steel paint coat is often found to be corroding and the steel work is starting to rust.
Croft can provide surveys of these buildings to inspect and report on their conditions.
Feel free to arrange a one to one consultation. Just call 0208 684 4744 and ask to speak to Chris or Phil.
External Wall Insulation & Rendering Contractors.
Acrylic & Silicone thin coat Render Only Specialists.
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W A Lear Building Services is a modern foward thinking Building Services Company, created 30years ago to provide an honest, effective and cost efficient solution to all your property maintenance and building service requirements. As a customer you should not have to be satisfied with tradesmen who turn up when they want and provide a sub-standard service. At W A Lear Building Services we build our business on a satisfied client base repeat business. We look foward to building long term partnerships with all our domestic and commercial customers.
Contact us on 0121 779 5131. We’ll be happy to tell you more about our work.
Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board has been used as part of a major refurbishment project, giving a new lease of life to over 100 pre-fabricated British Iron and Steel Federation (BISF) homes, in Moss Bank, St Helens, Merseyside.
Merseyside-based housing association Helena Homes, has modernised and updated 107 BISF properties with cutting edge technology, helping to keep homes warmer for longer while reducing the cost of fuel bills.
The homes were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s and traditionally had poor thermal insulation and environmental performance. Helena Homes commissioned the project with the aim of extending the life-span of the properties by a minimum of 30 years, whilst also giving the overall look of the estate a fantastic boost, benefiting local residents and the local community.
Initial tests on the homes confirmed their poor thermal performance, achieving a U-value of only 2.09 W/m2.K. An external wall insulation (EWI) solution, installed by partner contractors Forrest, was specified by the project design team to help tackle this. The solution uses 100mm of Kingspan premium performance Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board with Alumasc’s Swisspan EWI system, allowing the houses to be simultaneously thermally and aesthetically upgraded, without the need for residents to leave their homes.
The ability of the Kooltherm insulation to achieve thermal conductivities as low as 0.020 W/m.K, with minimal thicknesses made it ideal for the project, helping to reduce the structural loading and ensuring that window reveals and sill depths were kept to a minimum.
The refurbishment provided large improvements in the overall thermal efficiency of the properties, achieving a U-value of 0.26 W/m2.K. This improvement is expected to bring savings of around £100 in annual heating bills for each household, and with energy prices rising fast this will only become more significant over time.
Helena’s Sustainability & Innovation Manager, Martin Roughley said: “We chose to insulate these properties with Kingspan Kooltherm K5 insulation, helping to improve their thermal performance by over 50%.”
“Kingspan were involved with the specification from an early stage in our retrofit scheme, to ensure we met our intended design criteria. The specialist advice they gave us enabled us to meet the requirements of both the scheme and our residents.”
As the original render system on the properties was non-structural, Alumasc’s Swisspan system was mechanically fixed directly to the structural stanchions of the properties, providing the necessary support for both the Kingspan Kooltherm insulation and the render facade. In addition a range of other features were installed on the properties including new roofs, windows, doors and PV panels.
Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board is suitable for use behind traditional and lightweight polymer modified renders and dry cladding systems. All products in the Kooltherm range contain a Class 0 rated insulated core and are manufactured with a blowing agent with zero ODP and low GWP.
As part of the refurbishment, improvements were also made to the local environment including hard and soft landscaping and the local street scene. The reduction in household carbon emissions as a result of the refurbishment also led to the Moss Bank project being awarded a Green Apple Award for sustainability from The Green Organisation.
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Specialist Home insurance provider who can insure steel frame properties at competitive rates. Please see our website for full details and to generate a quote in minutes.
Betta Buildings is a family orientated business with over 50 years experience in the garden buildings industry. Specialising in high quality Garden Sheds, Garages, Garden Rooms and Gazebos. Our sole purpose is to provide quality products at competitive prices whilst offering all required professional Services needed to help you complete your project. We also provide a full professional back up service including if required – advice and design, sites cleared, removal of your old building, base laying and a full fitting service.
We are an External Wall Insulation and refurbishment contractor based in Northampton, covering the whole of the Midlands and the South East. We are PAS 2030 certified (# STRI10995) and currently undertake project work for Housing Associations and Local Authorities, as well as private domestic customers.
We are able to access Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding for our customers, which covers some (but sadly not all) of the cost of installation currently.
We predominantly install the Bostik Climatherm EWI system and are their largest installer.
We are also approved installers of Sto, Baumit, Licata + Greutol and Johnstone’s EWI systems.
Please feel free to contact us about your BISF house, even if just for a little bit of advice. All properties are roughly-speaking the same, so we may be able to provide you with a funding estimate and quote over the ‘phone.
Contact Andrew Brown at EWI Services on (01386) 442 442.
Experienced surveyors of BISF House steel framed properties serving the areas Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.
PCL are happy to provide a no obligation quote for the services of surveying BISF houses in the regions shown. We also have offices in Daventry, Leicester and Northampton.
Mr Steven Maycock (BSc., MRICS, FFPWS, Dip HI, RICS Reg. Valuer.) is a Fellow of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors and provides 30 minutes of free advise on party wall and boundary matters.
The company has over 30 years experience as a Chartered Building Surveyor and are able to provide the following professional services
Building Surveys, RICS Homebuyer Reports,Schedules of Condition and Dilapidations
Defect Analysis and Expert Witness Reports.
Party wall Matters, Contract Management.
Building Design and Refurbishment
Measured surveys, preparation of plans, submission of proposals for building regulation/planning approvals, specifications and estimates for work to new and existing buildings, Contract Administration, monthly valuations of work in progress and agreement of final accounts.
Defect Analysis, Reports and Repairs
Investigation of building defects, movement, subsidence, dampness, timber rot and insect attack etc.
Preparation of reports and specification of repairs followed by contract administration of the works.
Building & Planned Maintenance
Investigation of premises, preparation of planned maintenance schedules and programmes. Preparation of specifications and contract administration.
Building law and Dispute Resolution
Party Wall Matters including appointment as Building Owners Surveyors, Adjoining Owners Surveyor or Third Party Surveyor (Party Wall etc. Act 1996)
Investigation and reports on building, workmanship, compliance with legislation, professional negligence. Expert witness reports.
Building Inspection and Certification
Inspection of drawings and work in progress and Certification of works carried out to new and existing buildings.
Supervisions and monitoring of works by Tenants in leased buildings to comply with Schedules of Dilapidations.
Building Cost and Insurance
Assessment of building costs and calculation of insurance rebuilding costs.
Monitoring building costs and agreement of accounts.
Renovation insurance is a very specialist product designed for people taking on significant ground works and modifications to buildings – or even new building works. It can also include cover for unoccupied properties while being renovated.
Covering extensions and loft conversions, its’s also great for any property where tools, materials and supplies may be left outside in a building site or garden and be vulnerable to theft or damage from the elements. Whether you are protecting plant and machinery, open walls, hand tools, or even passing members of the public from injury and harm, renovation insurance is what you need.
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Kier Group plc is a leading construction, services and property group specialising in building and civil engineering, support services, commercial property development and structured property financing and private and affordable housing.
Making BISF homes energy efficient
Providing energy saving measures to non standard properties
Stoke City Council had only recently decided to retain their non-standard BISF-type properties for improvement, rather than to demolish them. Kier was invited to devise a solution to provide energy saving measures and to increase the lifespan of the properties at little or no cost to the client.
Having assessed the client’s asset address list to verify whether they qualified for the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), we found that 209 of the Council’s BISF properties met the prescribed criteria. We developed a scheme to provide external wall insulation to all the properties along with additional measures such as loft insulation and boiler replacements to maximise the possible funding. The scheme was priced and a fully priced cost model developed.
To obtain funding bids from the energy companies, the property details and work measures were scheduled and forwarded to four of the “Big 6” energy suppliers so that they could estimate the resulting carbon savings and provide us with their best funding offers. Upon receipt of the initial bids, further negotiation increased the funding to over £1.9m covering all but £60K of the project total.
Following the client’s approval to proceed, planning permission was sought and granted. Detailed surveys helped us identify additional energy efficiency measures, resulting in a further 7,000+ tonnes of carbon savings. The client has added a further £1.5m to the project to improve the overall fabric of the properties including roof work, window and external door and canopy renewals, external lights etc and there are possibly a further 50+ private properties that could increase the value of the contract to some £4m.
The EPIC management team is drawn from the major manufacturers of rigid urethane products who supply over 90% of panels produced in the United Kingdom.
The objectives of EPIC are to promote the use and knowledge of the benefits of insulated panels and to ensure the ready availability of technical information both in the use of insulated panels and their performance over their complete life cycle.
EPIC provides up-to-date guidance through a range of Technical Guides covering regulatory requirements, energy conservation and fire performance and end of life. Guides are available in a pdf format that can be easily downloaded from the EPIC website.
EPIC guides are prepared using the extensive knowledge and experience of EPIC member companies and with the additional help and guidance from a range of specialist consultants according to the subject. Wherever possible the Guides include supporting evidence from research, case studies and independent testing.
Guidance for regulators
EPIC represents the insulated panel industry and is a major contributor on a number of government consultative working groups, particularly in the areas of energy conservation; fire regulation; waste and life cycle analysis and sustainability.
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The Solar Panels Network was established to save you time and money. We have researched and fully vetted the companies in our network to ensure they deliver the highest of standards.
The companies in our network have vast experience and hold a diverse range of certifications and accreditation. We cover the whole of the UK and will find the right professionals for you.
We are a professional network of insulation installation companies based in the south east of England. We pride ourselves on delivering the most cost effective and high quality loft, cavity and solid wall insulation installations.
Our network of insulation companies have been fully vetted to ensure they deliver the highest of standards. They have vast experience and hold a diverse range of certifications and accreditations. Your satisfaction is our priority.
We cover the whole of the south east of England and the areas we service are Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, London, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex.
We are a manufacturer of GRP Products used on BISF house refurbishment – we supply door canopies and window and door pods used on EWI projects. Please contact us with your requirements.
Bailey-Consulting have vast experience undertaking a great number of wide and diverse housing projects up to a value of £5 million pounds. Across this sector we have undertaken works for both public and private sector clients that range from adaptations for persons with disabilities to large scale new build development projects.
Our experience in housing projects range from initial feasibility designs and reports to full contract administration and financial control. We are well equipped to provide services to cater for you needs and have a proven track record of delivery successful projects on time and within budget.
Examples of some of the projects that we have recently undertaken include:
- Project: BISF Housing – external refurbishment and kitchen and bathroom modernisation to 57no. properties
- Client: London Borough of Croydon
- Value: £2,300,000
Firstly, your floor will be assessed and the type identified. For this to be performed properly we must have full access to the floor, any furniture that’s in the way should be removed prior to the arrival of our hard floor cleaners in Bromley. Next, the floor will be vacuumed and any dust or hair will be extracted. In order for the correct cleaning solution to be determined a small area of your floor will be used for testing purposes, this won’t leave any marks. If the surface is not made of wood a cleaning solution will be applied, if it is wood drive pads will be utilised instead. After this your entire floor will be rinsed and then dried. If it’s necessary a protection layer consisting of seal, polish or wax will be put down. The drying time ranges from 30 minutes to two hours.
SERS are experts in the design, supply and installation of energy saving solutions.
One of the country’s leading specialists in external wall insulation for over 20 years, we also advise on and install internal wall insulation, conventional heating systems and a range of renewable technologies for homes and businesses across the UK.
Having installed over 2 million m2 of external wall insulation, we are one of the UK’s largest and most experienced contractors in this field.
We can help you to make an informed choice on the best way to improve the energy performance of your property. With utmost attention to customer care, our technical teams deliver a tailored, effective and durable solution to suit your particular needs.
Our active involvement in funding and grant schemes allows us to offer clients a whole package solution, from one off properties to large social housing schemes.
R K Shipman Ltd specialists in non-standard construction insurance. Our personal approach along with years of experience provides highly cost-effective policies, free of overly restrictive conditions and without excessive premiums. All R K Shipman’s products are predicated upon quality of service and matching clients’ needs to cost-effective policies.
R K Shipman are Trading Standards Approved which means you can ‘Buy With Confidence’ when purchasing your insurance through us.
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Retrofit UK Ltd is a leading installer of external wall insulation systems. Based near Cambridge and established in 1987, we pride ourselves on our workmanship, which includes projects large and small. From 25 storey blocks of flats to individual properties no job is too small to benefit from the expertise and ‘personal touch’ that Retrofit UK Ltd provides to its customers.
All projects are monitored and supervised by dedicated site managers who are allotted to each project for the duration of the job. You therefore benefit from the personal contact of a senior member of the Company’s staff throughout the works.
Retrofit UK Ltd is an approved contractor for many Local Authorities, Housing Associations, The PSA and many private Architects’ practices & Main Contractors our expertise and resources allows us to act as both main contractor and/or specialist sub-contractor for all external renovation work, including re-roofing, replacement windows, all associated plumbing works and many other services including Rain-screen cladding systems.