Structherm have launched a new CPD seminar detailing how a structural EWI system can be used to treat, and even save, problem and BRE classified defective non-traditional homes.

The phrase ‘non-traditional’ covers a wide array of construction types including metal frame, insitu concrete, precast concrete and timber frame. House types like Aireys, BISFs and Cornish are among hundreds that were designed and built in the post war period, and in 1985 many of these house types were designated as structurally defective by the BRE. Issues with these property types include: corroded concrete, failed wall ties, faulty seals, poor quality detailing and the use of no-fines concrete.

The main issue however stems from the simple fact that these properties were built quickly and cheaply to overcome a specific and historical need but were actually only designed to last for the short term – often just 20 years!

In spite of this, people are still living in these properties today – properties which have very little in the way of insulation are not thermally efficient at all and are susceptible to condensation. Visually, they appear dated, and practically they are cold, damp, expensive to heat and environmentally wasteful.

When refurbishing these properties, a standard EWI system can provide the solution in many cases. If, however, the issues are too great or if the property type is officially classified as defective then this system alone is not an option. So how can you effectively refurbish these homes?

Structherm look to answer this question with Structural External Wall Insulation & the Refurbishment of Non-Traditional Homes.

Lasting around an hour in total, this comprehensive seminar looks at the history of non-traditional buildings, the different types and the problems that you can expect. Delegates will learn about the benefits of refurbishment using a standard external wall insulation system and why this solution doesn’t work in every case. The seminar also contains details on the additional benefits of a structural EWI system – how it works, the benefits, when it should be specified and the application process. It covers both low and high rise housing with plenty of case studies you can relate to and time to question our team too.

This brand new CPD seminar appeals to anyone specifying materials for residential refurbishment – for both low rise and high rise properties. The course is free of charge, and can be held at your own company premises at a time to suit you and can include a complementary buffet lunch if required.

For more information see our CPD page, or to book, email

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