Ibstock awarded BBA certification for BrickShield EWI
BrickShield, the unique external wall insulation system by Ibstock Brick, has received accreditation from the British Board of Agrément (BBA), making it an ideal choice for those looking to create energy efficiencies under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal.
The accreditation comes after three years of rigorous testing, with the BBA providing an independent assessment of the performance and durability of the system – making it the only real brick slip external wall insulation system to achieve this recognition.
As part of the assessment, key areas of performance were verified, including:
- Thermal performance
- Strength and stability of the system to wind loads
- Fire performance – the system received the highest (A1) rating
- Reduction in condensation risks
- Durability of the system in use.
Such public recognition for the BrickShield range supports its market offering as a proven energy saving solution for upgrading existing buildings. Andrew Halstead-Smith, Group Marketing Manager at Ibstock Brick, explains: “Approval from the BBA makes our BrickShield solution a completely unique offering to the market. The accreditation means that BrickShield not only offers outstanding aesthetics, but now also comes with independently proven system performance.
“As the industry gears up to the possibilities presented by the Government-backed ECO and Green Deal – aimed at tackling the poor energy efficiency performance currently prevalent across the UK’s housing stock – BrickShield can offer housing associations, specifiers and homeowners an attractive and viable means to improve the energy performance of an older house, without compromising on appearance or performance.”
An innovative external wall insulation system, BrickShield can quickly and easily be installed to help insulate and thermally upgrade the external fabric of a dwelling. It is particularly suited to older properties that have solid external walls such as brick-clad Victorian and Edwardian properties. Estimates indicate that the UK currently has nearly seven million pre-1930s or post-war homes with solid walls that would benefit from insulation being installed externally.
BrickShield is manufactured by Ibstock Brick in partnership with Rockwool, leaders in stone wool insulation.