Baumit External Wall Insulation Offers Housing Solution


Baumit supplied its external wall insulation system to a 72 property scheme, based in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland and comprising a mixture of social and private housing. The semi-detached, three and four-bedroom homes, designed by Craftstudio Architecture, needed to eliminate instances of cold bridging and increase the properties energy efficiency, so Baumit’s high quality external wall insulation was selected due to its performance and 10-year warranty.

The work on the external wall insulation started in January 2017 and it was jointly installed by Ecoclad and Morrin Building Services, both appearing on Baumit’s approved contractor’s list, thus guaranteeing the quality of work being carried out. The chosen solution was the Baumit EPS, a high performance external insulation with superb thermal properties and high impact resistance.

“Baumit’s EPS system was selected for the project due to the inherent cold-bridging issues within the properties’ single-leaf masonry construction. The EPS external wall insulation performed as highly as we’d hoped and resolved these issues,” said Peter Mcgonigle, director at Craftstudio Architecture.

The BBA/NSAI-approved system consisted of 100mm expanded polystyrene façade insulation boards in grey graphite that were adhesively bonded to the building’s exterior walls. A reinforcing mesh coat was placed over the boards and once dried, Baumit SilikonTop provided a ready-to-use, resin-bound coat to give a highly-decorative, long-term protective finish. Throughout the application, Baumit’s technical team offered support, including site visits, to assist installers.

The EPS system is compatible with any number of products from Baumit’s vast range of finishing renders, including its NanoporTop offering which uses natural daylight to trigger its ‘photokat’ photocatalysis self-cleaning technology to keep facades looking fresh and blemish-free.

Completed in January 2018, the Carrickmacross project welcomed its occupants into a property that looks as good as the comfort it provides, with its energy efficiency helping reduce household fuel bills, making it a long term cost effective solution.


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