Property Types

Buiding Methods Through The Ages

Traditional Construction
Pre 1932 most buildings were constructed using two brick skins with no cavity, this type of property is known as Solid Wall. Between 1932 and 1975 homes were built with a cavity to help alleviate problems with internal damp and from 1970 the cavities of new homes were insulated. 

All of these construction types offer a suitable substrate for the use of “standard” External Wall Insulation systems.

Non-Traditional Construction
From 1918 onwards non-traditional construction methods became popular due to the great demand for housing following years of war, a lack of skilled labour and a lack of traditional building materials. Non-traditional high rise blocks of flats were particularly popular during the 1950's and 1960's and Crosswall designs were common between 1951 and 1975. Non-traditional schools became a popular choice in the 1970's for their speed of build and cost saving system built designs.

1.5 million non-traditional houses were designed as temporary buildings and were only expected to be lived in for 20 to 30 years, however much of them are still standing today and lived in by families all over the UK. These buildings are now in urgent need of both a structural and thermal upgrade solution. The Structherm Structural External Wall Insulation system is specifically designed to solve the problems associated with these types of non-traditional buildings.

To find out more about each type of non-traditional construction type and their problems click an icon below.


Featured Project


Community Gateway Association were formed in 2005 to manage 6000 homes in ten local community areas of Preston and the surrounding areas. CGA invested £80 million in the first five years on a home and neighbourhood improvement programme.


Structherm have made another significant step forward in a £2.4m contract in Durham

Always at the forefront in the development of external wall insulation, Structherm have made another significant step forward in a £2.4m contract in Durham.